There’s a lot of speculation as to whether or not buying a new home is good for the environment. Yes, you can argue that buying an existing property is the greener option. However, that’s not to say that buying a new build is immoral or indeed, bad for the environment.
In this article, we’re going to outline a few factors that many people don’t consider when arguing against new-build properties. Let’s have a look:
1 – They’re much greener to run
You cannot deny the environmental benefits of running a new-build home. Everything from the insulation and LED lighting, to the heating & hot water system is state-of-the-art and designed to run as efficiently as possible.
In an older home however, keeping an old house heated throughout the winter requires an awful lot of energy. And some, even burn wood or coal in their chimneys to keep the house heated. In this light, it is safe to say that living in a new build wins the round.
2 – Choose an eco-friendly developer
Yes, a brand-new property development will invariably have an impact on the environment. Heavy machinery will be used throughout the construction, not to mention the other vehicles that are used to deliver construction materials and so on. However, an eco-friendly luxury property developer like Martins Developments for example, will procure their building materials from environmentally sustainable sources. This means using recyclable materials where possible and choosing reputable suppliers of timber.
3 – Long-lasting appliances
When buying a new build, you’ll be getting new appliances that will last you a very long time. However, often in an older property, they’ll have seen a great deal of use and will invariably need replacing. Thus, you will have to try and dispose of them safely and responsibly. This isn’t always easy to do with older appliances.
4 – Many new developments incorporate renewable energy
If you buy a new property with solar panels for electricity generation, then you will be doing much to reduce your carbon footprint and supporting the clean energy revolution. As we touched on in an earlier point, older properties are not so eco-friendly when it comes to the utility side of things.
5 – No need to renovations or repairs
Buying an older property, you’ll very rarely be satisfied with it as it is. Thus, you will need to spend a lot of money and effort on redecorating and repairing the property. However, when buying a new build, you won’t need to make any changes or repairs for quite some time. Yes, the construction of new builds might not be entirely green, but an eco-friendly property development company will surely make it a darn sight greener.
You’re never going to get everything right! If you are conscious about the environment and wish to do your part, then there are many changes that you can make to your day-to-day life.
You shouldn’t have to sacrifice living in a beautiful new home. Instead you can “counterbalance” the impact, by opting to walk more—or use public transport; consider composting to put your waste to good use; take extra care of your garden and make it a haven for bees and butterflies; recycle properly; the list goes on! If you take the necessary steps to reduce your carbon footprint in your every day life, then you can definitely justify purchasing a brand new home.