Five top tips for a sustainable home
Dereck Hoogenkamp of Al Barari shares eco-friendly advice
With Dubai winning its bid to host World Expo 2020 in November last year, there has been a renewed emphasis on sustainability.
The Dubai government recently extended its green building codes to all new construction projects happening in the residential, commercial and industrial sectors.
As the residential sector in particular, witnesses continued demand from investors, and an increased number of new project launches have been announced, more and more developers are taking an 'eco-conscious' attitude to their properties. Not only taking into consideration their stamp on the environment but also the added benefits to the home owner. Al Barari is one such developer.
Dereck Hoogenkamp, sales and marketing director of Al Barari, the pioneering luxury development in Dubai, Al Barari, said, “The UAE is heading towards becoming one of the top countries in the global rankings for 'green' building spaces. As property developers, we too are increasingly finding our investors and home owners are looking for greater sustainability and responsibility to eco-conscience when considering property.”
Al Barari is committed to responsible sustainability embracing good environmental practices in all elements of infrastructure, architecture and landscaping.
Each residence supports its own energy-efficient home system and residents recycle domestic waste through the underground waste system that separates organic from non-organic waste, while being invisible and odorless.
All the water that is used for the irrigation of the landscape and the waterways is also recycled water that is then cleaned and polished at the on-site polishing plant.
Hoogenkamp continues: “We are now witnessing property owners paying more attention to environmental concerns and the need for eco-friendly homes. Eco-friendly features can also add value and such features can increase monetary value to a residence.”
With this in mind, Dereck Hoogenkamp gives his top five tips that home owners should now be considering an ‘eco-friendly’ more sustainable property or home:
1. Daylight harvesting: consider the layout of your home so that it maximises the use of natural light, such as floor to ceiling windows which helps minimise the need for artificial light during the day.
2. Energy-efficiency: look for a home that has an in-built home automation system to help make your home energy-efficient.
3. Design: seek homes that are designed in such a way that the natural flow of air circulates throughout your home and the community. This will reduce energy use and cost, and maintain a healthy, comfortable indoor climate.
4. Shade: embrace the trees around your property, natural shade will allow for a cooler home.
5. Waste management: consider what provisions are available for recycling waste as well as at-source recycling, e.g. underground waste storage to minimise visual impact, odours and vermin.