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What is architecture for sustainable housing?

The numbers don't lie. Sustainable housing architecture is still far from achieving change. And this, despite the fact that the construction sector is one of the most polluting in the world, reaching values of 50% of the total in CO₂ emissions and urban pollution, whether due to construction, housing, work or studies. But... What is the so-called sustainable home and how do you manage to have an eco-friendly home?

We are giving inappropriate use to the world we live in, and paradoxically, to live in it. To reverse this extreme situation, the entities involved have finally been able to "get to work" to achieve sustainable housing. If you are an owner or investor, this topic interests you, since it will also allow you to increase the value of your expensive property for sale if your home is eco-sustainable. But, let us start at the beginning:

What is sustainable housing?

A sustainable or eco-friendly residence is a home that is, above all, respectful of the environment. The range of possibilities to be a sustainable home is therefore unlimited. But there are some basic rules that every homeowner should know if he is thinking of listing his home for sale.

A sustainable home is one that is also energy efficient and does not cause a negative impact on the planet's natural resources. And being efficient means that it does not waste energy resources neither by origin, consumption, nor by structure. Which translates into energy savings, which as we know implies less pollution, and less consumption of natural fuels and water, among others. Being an eco-friendly house is, therefore, being a respectful house with the planet that also contributes to well-being and better access to resources.

And to be sustainable, it is not enough to turn off the tap or the switches. The architecture of sustainable houses requires a certain economic investment and a little ingenuity at a private level. And it is that in the first place the entire house must be reviewed to verify if it really meets the requirements as set out in the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations a couple of years ago.

And that interests the Spaniards: almost 50% of the Spaniards willing to invest in minor work in favor of a sustainable house are valued.

How can homeowners contribute to sustainable home architecture? The energy efficiency certificate.

80% of the Spanish real estate park is obsolete, which is generating a strong demand for homes, whether new-build or second-hand. But not only that. It is also inefficient in terms of sustainability, which is why building new construction and remodeling old homes is equally important. And this is where sustainable housing architecture really has a major impact on society.

If you own a home, go to build new build through self-promotion or you are thinking of investing in a second-hand property you know that energy efficiency is one of the main points to consider. In fact, the energy efficiency certificate informs your potential tenants or buyers of the energy characteristics of the property, its annual energy savings and also offers a comparison with the area, savings and improvement tips for the benefit of comfort and well-being in the House.

It cannot be ignored: it is public and mandatory information of which real estate agencies know the benefits: the higher the rating, the greater the interest of buyers. An important point to take into account right?

And in the case of energy rehabilitation? If what you want is to improve your home, you can take advantage of the implementation of self-consumption electricity: You will reduce CO₂ emissions and increase the thermal and acoustic comfort of the home, reducing humidity problems, poor air circulation and maintaining a lower energy consumption responsible. And all these points, as you can imagine, translate into a higher value of the property in the real estate market because your home will then be sustainable.

What parts of the house can we rehabilitate within the criteria of sustainable architecture?

It is true that in the construction of new construction, the sustainable architecture of homes is much simpler to carry out. Even so, not all homeowners can afford to make large investments. And that is no excuse for not taking advantage of the moment: facades, ceilings, intermediate walls, floors, windows and openings, sunscreens and even energy installations in the building. without forgetting oneAn important part of the house with a plot: building a pool or expanding the garden area will allow you to create 100% sustainable remodeled spaces.

Any rehabilitation work that is to improve the safety and health of your home or building can be the ideal occasion to make an improvement at an energy level. As we have commented, the recommendations of the energy report of your home can then be put into practice, some measures that will also be subsidized in the payment of the subsequent certification fee. If you want more information about aid for energy rehabilitation, contact us and we will guide you.

And taking a step further in the architecture of sustainable homes, at a private level it may be convenient for you to consider the option of renewable energy systems, for self-consumption and, if possible, for recharging electric vehicles. At Safire Real Estate we have a varied offer of sustainable homes that incorporate aerothermal energy, solar panels and non-aggressive natural construction materials and interiors that prioritize sunlight, PVC finishes and efficient furniture with lower consumption.

The sustainable architecture of a home allows your buyers to access green mortgages

Financial institutions have been applying certain incentives to works of sustainable architecture for years. And they reward you for it: thanks to a house certified as sustainable at an energy level, your buyer may be entitled to the so-called Green Mortgage. One of the responses being given in various countries around the world to reward and encourage sustainable urban development. And the fact is that the figures do not lie: The construction sector is one of the most polluting in the world, reaching values of 50% of the total in CO₂ emissions and urban pollution, whether due to construction, housing, work or studies. Unacceptable levels that can be reversed at different levels.

Entities such as Bankinter, Triodos, BBVA already have so-called green or sustainable mortgages. At the moment, the first prize is for energy efficiency (A or B) or renovation that improves the energy efficiency of your renovated home. However, everything indicates that incentives will be added to the list to achieve it, and it is that in the year 2030 60% of the world population will live in cities, something truly unsustainable, since we are talking about 5000 million people. Harmful to our health no matter where you look at it.

It's not just about saving on electricity or recycling. Architecture for sustainable homes is the future and very necessary. Acquiring a home with sustainable architecture or turning your house into a space that respects the environment will have a reward, a real reward that will benefit everyone.