Environmental considerations are at the forefront of many Australians' minds today – more than half of us are willing to spend more money to buy products that are environmentally friendly, reports Nielsen.
On the Gold Coast, we're leading the way in Australian sustainability. Our very own Bond University is home to the Institute of Sustainable Development and Architecture, where professors developed the first six-Green Star rated building. The Gold Coast City Council has even committed funding to the Institute in order to help them forge the Gold Coast's reputation as world-leading educators and researchers in sustainable development.
Clearly, sustainability is part and parcel with the Gold Coast's values and lifestyle – so how can you ensure your own Surfers Paradise property is minimising its environmental impact?
Not only is energy expensive, it's not always generated from a renewable resource. Many energy providers are starting to look to more sustainable power generation methods such as wind, hydro or solar, however uptake is not universal.
Whether you use green energy or not, you'll contribute less to carbon emissions and save money on your power bill by effectively insulating your home. With proper insulation in your home, heat loss or gain is moderated and you won't need to rely so much on your heat pump.
Depending on the boundaries of your lot, you may be able to install or improve insulation without much involvement of the owners' corporation. However, many strata properties will classify insulation spaces as common property. This does mean you'll need permission.
When it comes time to give your home a facelift, you should make an effort to select only renewable and low-impact materials, particularly in terms of choosing flooring or joinery.
Here are a few things to consider with regards to sustainable materials:
Household appliances can use an alarming amount of power. Here are some ways you can improve apartment sustainability just by replacing your fittings and whiteware:
There are plenty of ways you can improve sustainability without addressing major strata building systems. Even minor renovations may require permission from your owners corporation, so simply upgrading your appliances and fittings is a great way to make quick changes to your carbon footprint.
For more information about sustainable real estate on the Gold Coast, get in touch with the Ray White Surfers' Paradise team today. We can't wait to hear from you!