Olympic Village housing ahead of the curve as new earth-friendly homes become norm
San Francisco, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 11/02/2012 -- he carbon-free house is on the horizon. The new age of housing will be close by the year 2016, when a new generation of low-carbon houses will find their way onto the market. Pioneers will fit themselves with prototypes, techniques for cost and carbon reduction, and dream up new ways to improve current green technology.
Buyers of new houses are already seeing advantages to the archaic property types, as they are more energy efficient and sometimes come equipped with green essentials.
The average individual is now more energy conscious than the counterparts of years past. On television, Dick Strawbridge, the “eco engineer” presenter, lived out his green dream for everyone to see. Kevin McCloud has turned to rabbit-skins on the floor and a jet engine hot tub. However, developers of new housing have been considering endeavors that are more sophisticated when it comes to eco-awareness.
SmarNewHomes.com research has shown an upturn in interest for energy saving, as 82% of buyers actively seek housing and appliances within the home that are eco-friendly. In 2005, 80% of individuals said they did not even consider energy saving when it came to looking for the right home.
Despite this turn to interest, Code 4 and 5 homes (those specified as low-carbon houses) are still rare. This is due to developers being hit hard in the recession, which caused them to pull back and save on building expenses.
There is one smaller developer, Zero C, run by Kim Slowe, which is making the low-carbon house work. Slowe was instrumental in the Olympic Village at Weymouth’s heating system that runs on biomass, as well as it wood pellet stoves, rainwater harvesting, and super insulation. That area has been renamed Officers field following the Olympics, and is selling for $217,000 for a one-bedroom to $820,000 for a five-bedroom house.
Officers field is built to Code 4 specifications, meaning it is 25% more energy efficient. Those specifications are just a bit ahead of the curve, as houses will be mandated to build to those specifications next year. By 2016, all houses must be to Code 6, or “zero-carbon”.
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