Interest in sustainable housing 'is great'
26th Jul 2011
There is still a great deal of interest in sustainable housing as people look to buy a property which is not only environmentally friendly, but will also have lower energy bills, one expert has commented.
According to Chayley Collis, marketing manager at Green Building Store, existing homeowners are also showing increasing interest in energy-efficiency products to add to their homes and lower their outgoings.
She explained that, while there is little public sector building at the moment, private homeowners, social landlords and self-builders are all driving low-energy building, which is contributing to increasing awareness among the public.
Her comments follow the publication of a report in the Guardian which showed that the falling cost of installing solar energy, as well as generous feed-in tariffs, have led to the return on solar power units being higher than ever.
Ms Collis said there are a few things in mind for people who do wish to enhance the sustainability of their property.
"We believe that the first priority when refurbishing or building a home is to deal with the fabric of the building and make it energy efficient and insulate it rather than adding on bolt-on micro renewables," the expert added.
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