It is without question that green is on everyone’s minds these days. After Mayor Robertson announced in 2009 that Vancouver will become “the greenest city in the world by 2020”, numerous sustainable initiatives have been going on throughout the city.
One area Vancouver has been putting a lot of attention towards is green building and renovating. Numerous initiatives and policies have been implemented with the hope of reducing the city’s greenhouse gas emissions by 33%.
Laneway housing and basement suites are two options to reduce one’s carbon footprint and ensure more affordable housing. Not only are homeowners provided with extra income if they chose to rent these spaces, these housing options can also be utilized by a variety of users including aging relatives or extended family.
By building Laneway housing and basements suites, homeowners maximize their living space and reduce unnecessary urban development.
Another green building initiative set forth by the city is mandatory sustainable features required for all new one and two story family homes. Some of these requirements include energy efficient lighting, the use of approved dual-flush toilets or high efficiency single-flush toilets, as well as better insulated exterior walls. These environmentally friendly developments will enable all new homes to become carbon neutral by 2020.
If you are interested in purchasing a green home to maximizing your living space and reduce your carbon emissions, use a realtor who knows what you are looking for. With a commitment towards sustainable living, there is a Vancouver REALTOR® with an environmental law background that could help you find a property that fits your needs.