Although, this idea of “Energy Saving” has been around for a long time, and though it has run hot and cold during the duration of the past 30 to 40 years, it is certainly a hot topic today and for 2014!
Energy efficiency is "using less energy to provide the same service". A home which incorporates common sense design principles, without compromising on comfort, to:
In fact, an energy efficient home is generally more comfortable, easier to maintain and costs no more to build than a conventional home.
The Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index is the industry standard by which a home's energy efficiency is measured. It’s also the national recognized system for inspecting and calculating a home's energy performance.
The HERS Index was created by RESNET (Residential Energy Services Network) in order to give homeowners and buyers a standard by which they could measure the energy efficiency of houses they currently own or are planning to buy. You could say it’s kind of like the home industry’s version of the MPG (miles per gallon) rating that you find in the auto industry and the lower a home’s HERS Index Score is, the better its home efficiency.Cathy McDaniel
Are sustainability and energy efficiency upgrades playing a role in today’s residential and commercial real estate market? Definitely, say those in the field.
In a rapidly changing and urbanising world, the provision of adequate and affordable housing remains a key priority for all governments. No longer regarded as simply a roof over one’s head, housing today plays a crucial role in achieving sustainable development – as visualized by the idea of sustainable housing.
Sustainable housing is, however, yet to gain its due fame in developing communities. Yet in most cities, decent and safe housing remains a dream for the majority of the population, while government considers affordable housing as merely a social burden.
Sustainable housing is often considered from a predominantly “green” perspective (resource saving, greenhouse gas reduction) Today, we must advocate a more holistic approach, which recognizes the multiple functions of housing – as both a physical and social system – and which seeks to enhance and harmonize the environmental, social, cultural, and economic dimensions of housing sustainability.
Sustainable housing policies should deal with the affordability, social justice, cultural and economic impacts of housing, and contribute to making healthy residential neighborhoods and sustainable cities.
Property condition matters today when selling, buying and financing a home. Properties for sale are priced based on the current real estate market and property condition. It may be a great buy on paper, but when you are at the property, it might not be that great of a value… based on condition.
Let’s get real… The future home buyer will focus on qualifying the costs of owning and occupying a particular home versus another. Other key buying factors include performance, modern features, amenities, quality, and monthly utility cost.