At present the sustainability of property isn’t considered to have a bearing on its worth, however a report out this week from Royal Institute of Chartered Surveys claims that strong sustainability features should have a positive impact on a home’s value. This indicates that, over time, sustainable properties could appreciate more in value than their non sustainable counterparts. So what exactly is a sustainable property?
The sustainability of a home takes into account more than energy efficiency, it considers building design, construction, management and use.
Typical features include; using renewable energy in the construction and running of the property, use of environmental sustainable construction materials, water and waste efficiency, recycling, access to public transport and cycle paths, positive land use and community relations, occupant well-being and the building’s scope for adaptation.
Take a look at our selection of sustainable homes currently available for sale on Propertywide