The importance of conserving resources and creating a sustainable environment is being highlighted across the world. Smart, green homes are on the rise according to the World Green Building Trends 2018 Smart Market Report. Not limited to environmental benefits, prospective homeowners can profit from reducing their carbon footprint. The Green Building Council of Australia is a non-profit organisation that is committed to developing a sustainable property industry for Australia. Launched in 2002, the organisation encourages the adoption of green building in both industry and governments across the country.
Green and smart living go together, within the property market in this age. Simplified living is central to smart homes. Smart homes with home automation not only present intelligent design that detects abnormality within the environment but provides convenience for the homeowner through automation. With reduced cost on utility bills and home maintenance, a smart, green home is the ideal long-term investment. “We’ve known for a long time that more efficient houses cost less to run,” said Glenn Platt, who heads the CSIRO’s energy efficiency unit when interviewed for a Green home article on the Sydney Morning Herald publication.
Green homes will have increased resale value according to a Low Carbon Living CRC publication, Growing the market for sustainable homes. Factors like centralised integration and positive impact on the environment add to this value. The benefits of creating sustainable housing extend to other elements like comfort with thermally efficient homes, health that factors in healthy ventilation reducing pollutants in the home and creating walkable local communities which minimise the need for travel.