Being eco-conscious is no longer associated solely with hippies or country living. More and more home buyers are looking for environmentally friendly unit complexes to complete their inner-city Brisbane lifestyle.
Property buyers not only want to know that they are minimising their impact on the planet, but they also wish to reduce their utility bills and enjoy better quality features. Property developers who design a unit complex with a focus on environmental sustainability will attract a range of buyers who are willing to pay more for a home that will support their commitment to green living. Here’s how to achieve it!
Create spaces flooded with natural light
One of the top ways to cut down on energy usage is to design rooms that harness natural sunlight. Residents won’t need to switch on lights as often, especially during the day. Focusing on natural light will also make rooms appear larger and more inviting. Consider using floor to ceiling glass bi-fold or french doors that connect the living space with the balcony. This will create ideal entertaining areas and is a particularly enticing feature if the apartment enjoys spectacular views.
Install energy efficient appliances
Choose appliances such as fridges, dishwashers and washing machines with a high energy star rating. Incorporating eco shower heads and plumbing fixtures will also cut down on excessive water usage. You could even consider integrating rainwater tanks or greywater systems into the overall complex design.
Use double glazing and UPVC windows
Promote natural insulation by using double glazed windows with UPVC window frames. This will encourage residents to use their air cons less and save more on their energy bills. Double glazing is excellent for keeping the hot air out on Summer days and is likewise very effective in blocking out the chilly winds that can reach high rise apartment buildings in Winter. UPVC window frames will keep dust and grime from being swept indoors and are incredibly easy to clean. Tilt’n’turn windows are particularly useful for apartments several storeys up, as the outside glass can be reached and cleaned effortlessly. Furthermore, double glazing provides superior sound-proofing perfect for inner city locations that suffer from noisy traffic!
Build close to major public transport routes
When choosing the location for an eco-conscious apartment complex, it’s important to consider public transport routes. Buyers focused on green living will be aiming to use their cars less, to reduce their carbon footprint. Ensure that there are decent bus, train or ferry links close by. Situating a block of units near a bikeway is also a great idea. As is incorporating facilities into the property design that support cyclists, such as a secure bike shed.
Incorporate recycling and composting facilities
Itemised recycling bins and composting facilities are an absolute must for an environmentally friendly apartment building. This means separate recycling bins for cardboard, plastic and glass. It will require extra effort in regards to recycling pickup but will impress potential buyers intending to reduce waste. Onsite communal composting is also an excellent idea. Consider integrating this system in with a communal veggie plot. All residents who choose to inhabit an environmentally sustainable building will already have similar views when it comes to green living. So cultivating this sense of community in the design of the complex will appeal to potential homeowners from the offset.
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