People still believe that buying a home cannot only be a reality but also a good investment even today. But what is becoming increasingly important to people are trends dealing with sustainability and using “Green” technology.
When I visited a friend years ago in New Mexico, where he lived in what is know as an Earth Ship (Earth Ships), my eyes were opened to some amazing things. This kind of home utilizes solar power (photovoltaic energy), a cistern for water collection, and uses the land it rests in as a back wall. What is also great about these homes is their use of old truck tires and aluminum cans & bottles as a means to create interior and exterior walls. The end result is by using these creative technologies we make home ownership incredible clean and friendly to our lovely planet.
Many demolition sites are extremely valuable too. When an old building, home, or structure is brought down parts of it can be recycled and used somewhere else. By reusing these materials, many construction costs can be cut considerably and, if used locally, it can cut down on the amount of emissions created during transporting them from long distances. This is what I would call “Re-Using”. Then there is the term “Reclaimed”. That typically is used when these old materials go into creating furniture, artwork, or something similar. The last term I’ll include today is “Adaptive Reuse” and that is when we recreate an outdated site or building and produce a new purpose for it.
Some people may be wary of Green technology because of the costs. Don’t fret. There are many government vouchers and breaks that help promote its’ use and most of us can utilize these breaks at tax time. It’s a bit like a Farmer’s Market to us city folk. They may be a bit costly at first but the more people that adopt it the better the pricing will become.
For more information on Green technology and their uses in San Francisco Bay Area real estate, contact area expert Gabriel Rojas at Gabriel@climbsf.com or via telephone at 415-562-6556.