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Want to Buy Green Home in Vancouver?

greenhomeGreen home, green energy, green building and so on. We talk a lot about “Green” these days because we people care more about the earth, our environment and our next generations.

What is green home. As what Wikipedia says:

A Green home is a type of house designed to be environmentally friendly and sustainable, while also focusing on the efficient use of “energy, water, and building materials.”

When thinking about buying green home in Vancouver, I found some great tips for your next house for sale hunting.

First of all, the location. You should look for those Green neighbourhoods. Is that house for sale in a neighbourhood close to work, transit, shopping, community centres and other services. Obviously if it does, you will save a lot of car gas bill and produce less greenhouse gas emissions.

Secondly, look for those homes located in transit-oriented density (TOD). What TOD means is that new, compact, complete green neighbourhoods are being built with transit as their focus. Instead of owning a car, join a car share cooperative, take transit, cycle or walk.

Thirdly, Lower Cost Luxury. If it’s features such as a gym or pool you want, buy a strata unit with these amenities and share costs.

Fourthly, Score your location. Walkable neighbourhoods offer health, environmental, financial and community benefits. Enter your address or the address of a home you want to buy at www.walkscore.com. This tool calculates a walkability score based on the home’s proximity to transit, grocery stores, schools and other amenities. The higher the score, the “greener” that home for sale is.

If you want to make your existing home green, there are tons of things you can do to make it green. Click here to download50 Ways to Green Your Home and Save Money.

City of Vancouver has even launched a green home program, which is to meet Vancouver’s green home building policies that family homes take up three quarters of Vancouver’s residential land, and produce about one fifth of the city’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Please feel free to contact us for your next Vancouver houses for sale hunting.