The push for green homes has increased dramatically in the past couple of years and, given soaring energy prices and much more widespread climate awareness, the preference for eco-friendly homes is set to grow even more, especially in SA which boasts an abundance of sunlight but also rising consciousness about the scarcity of water and the value of land.
So what is a green home, exactly? It is one that embraces the five principles of sustainability, as identified by green advocates, says Berry Everitt, CEO of the Chas Everitt International property group.
"These are optimizing the use of solar energy and sunlight, improving indoor air quality, using the land responsibly, creating high performance and moisture-resistant houses and making wise use of natural resources such as water."
In general, however, home builders and buyers tend to think of green homes as homes that have lower than historic levels of environmental impact. And, he says, that's a good start, as it embraces some easy ways to be more eco-friendly.