Green Homes Fetch a Premium Price in Today’s Competitive Market

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The real estate market today is fiercely competitive with vendor’s searching for something to give them the edge. To ensure a vendor is able to reach a premium price when it comes to reselling their home, the team at adam taylor ARCHITECTURE (www.adamtaylorarchitecture.co.nz) challenge people to rethink their build strategy right from the planning stages. A home’s footprint combined with other energy efficient features is not only better for the environment; it has a significant impact on resale value.


Mount Maunganui, Tauranga, New Zealand., December 12, 2013 - (PressReleasePoint) -

The real estate market today is fiercely competitive with vendor’s searching for something to give them the edge. To ensure a vendor is able to reach a premium price when it comes to reselling their home, the team at adam taylor ARCHITECTURE challenge people to rethink their build strategy right from the planning stages.  A home’s footprint combined with other energy efficient features is not only better for the environment; it has a significant impact on resale value.

When it comes to a home, big is definitely not better. New Zealand has one of the largest average home sizes of the developed world yet one of the lowest numbers of people per household. Recent findings from a survey undertaken by Realestate.co.nz and Homestar show that New Zealanders are prepared to pay more for a green home. Yet it just seems the majority won’t choose the more environmentally sustainable options when building their own home because of the initial costs. Adam Taylor explains that “choosing to build a more sustainable home may be more of an investment initially if you choose triple glazing, high levels of insulation, a solar system, a rain water tank and building with environmentally friendly materials. But once that initial investment is made the cost savings over the next 2-10 years are phenomenal, not to mention the impact on the environment.”

Unfortunately The New Zealand Building Code is not helping the situation. The standards in the code provide a minimum baseline eg double-glazed windows, yet going beyond that eg triple-glazed windows has significant cost saving benefits. New Zealand has an opportunity to lead the world on green building principles yet our current standards aren’t driving that shift.

Practical advice and information on improving home performance, including a tool to rate your home are available at www.homestar.org.nz.

Home performance components that contribute to a premium price:

1.      High levels of insulation
2.      Efficient heating and cooling
3.      Solar Panels
4.      Efficient energy & water fixtures
5.      Double Glazing
6.      Water conservation systems
7.      An independent rating and official certificate for the homes performance
8.      Low energy lighting
9.      Fixtures and fittings with low levels of toxicity, e.g. low VOC
 
 
About adam taylor ARCHITECTURE

With a focus on architectural detail and an innovative approach to the use of space, Adam Taylor Architecture is a specialist architectural practice in Mount Maunganui, New Zealand committed to the creation of dynamic and practical design solutions.

Director, Adam Taylor operates in an open and collaborative manner, working directly with clients to ensure the end product reflects individual identities, objectives and a unified result. His work encompasses proportion, use of light, material integrity and sustainable methodology to create functional yet engaging architecture.
Having previously worked in both large and boutique architectural practices, as well as two years as a Project Manager in the construction business, Adam Taylor brings a wealth of knowledge and understanding to his projects.
 
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