As more millennials move into the housing market, the construction of ‘wellness-minded’ buildings and eco-friendly homes are on the rise. With solar panels in the roofs and built with environmentally-friendly materials, green buildings are becoming more popular amongst the younger generations than ever before.
Developed to have as minimal effect on the environment, eco-friendly homes are built to be as self-sufficient as possible. By using as many natural resources as possible, such as earth, wind and light, sustainable homes aim to lower their carbon footprint and reduce the amount of power and heat a homeowner consumes. Insulated by stones, logs, earth bags, straw and bamboo, eco-friendly homes cause far less damage to the surrounding area. Other benefits include:
- Reduced expenses
- Reduced waste
- High air quality and better health
- Consistent temperature
- Lower maintenance costs
Why are they growing in popularity?
In a recent survey, 66% of global respondents stated that they are wiling to pay more for services and products which come from companies committed to a positive environmental and social impact. Similarly, a survey conducted by The Guardian found that more than two thirds of millennials ‘buy as many eco-friendly products as they can.’
Growing up in a society that is eco-conscious, millennials are more aware of their effect on the environmental and are likely to be behind the rise in eco-friendly homes.
So what are the benefits?
Eco-friendly homes can help you save time and money as the materials used are often more easily accessible than the industry standard alternatives. Many builders are able to buy materials locally, which not only saves time, but importantly reduces the carbon footprint by minimising the distance they need to be shipped. Also, using recycled materials means an overall lower upfront cost and construction is often quicker – materials are more likely to be nearby and available.
It is not only cheaper to build a sustainable home, but the cost of day-to-day living is reduced. Relying on renewable energy lowers operating costs and can end up reducing the monthly bills by up to 20-30%.
At ethical partnership we offer a comprehensive range of ecology and landscape services to both public and private sector clients to enable them to design developments and other schemes that are sensitive to the needs of wildlife, landscape and habitats. We help our clients protect and conserve local and global environmental resources, have been successful in securing standard and bespoke environmental permits and have an excellent working relationship with the Environment Agency and the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency.
With such as vast range of experience, no planning consultancy is better suited to tackle the advise on Eco-Friendly Homes as we are. So contact us today so we can provide the perfect home for you and together protect the environment for future generations.