Tuesday, November 3, 2020 / by Earl Gaddi
What makes a home sustainable?Next, let 's talk about what we mean by talking about sustainable homes. A sustainable home may be either a purpose-built home or an existing home that has been retrofitted. They consume very little energy to operate and use very little water. Energy-efficient homes may or may not be made using environmentally friendly materials. Some homes may exist within the context of wider sustainable development or may be a stand-alone project.
Homes are measured by Qualified Energy Evaluators for Energuide ratings which are based on a classification system that is the same from Nova Scotia to British Columbia. If you are searching for an older sustainable home, Energuide should be at least 66 or higher. Newer eco-friendly households should have an Energuide ranking of at least 75.
Where do you look for sustainable homes for sale?Sustainable homes are available on the Canadian real estate market, but they are not abundant. If buying a sustainable home with many green features is important to you, here's where to look and how much you'll have to pay for it.
Look for existing housing
Find sustainable home developments and builders
Suppose you want a new home that is highly energy efficient, to the point of not using any outside energy at all. In that case, you will need to look explicitly at sustainable home projects, like existing homes or sustainable condo buildings. If you are looking for sustainability in a new construction condo house, keep an eye out for LEED certification. This qualification is an eco-friendly certification programme for larger buildings operated by the Green Building Council of Canada.