If you’re building a new house, there are many important choices to make. One such decision is whether to incorporate eco-friendly features into the design.
Using smart technology and sustainable materials, green homes aim to reduce waste and conserve energy, and can lead to many benefits.
So, if you’re thinking about a green build, here are some things to consider.
Reduce environmental impact
With many Kiwis looking to live a more sustainable lifestyle, one of the reasons for green homes’ increased popularity is because they help homeowners reduce their carbon footprint.
Most green homes run on renewable and clean energy sources, with some generating their own energy. This means less use of fossil fuels and fewer harmful emissions.
Healthy living space
In New Zealand, inadequate heating and dampness is a problem in many homes. These conditions are believed to have a direct impact on health, and may lead to respiratory problems like asthma, colds and flu.
However, green homes encompass a variety of elements that support occupants to keep their homes warm and dry, even throughout the cooler months.
Save some cash
While the initial costs may be higher, sustainable homes can save you money in the long run.
On average, running costs for a three-bedroom home with a 6 Homestar rating are around $500 less than one built to the current building code.
And, if you decide to build a house with a 6 Homestar rating or higher, you may be eligible for a green mortgage, which can offer more competitive rates.
Your local Mike Pero Mortgage Adviser can explain more about sustainable builds and how we can help you.