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Trends Toward Eco-Friendly Apartment Living

July 17, 2020

In this day and age, we are seeing an increase in the want for eco-friendly lifestyles. The market is seeing more eco-friendly apartments and sustainable building materials. The research has proven that both buyers and renters want environmentally conscious living situations. These homes and buildings tend to have lower energy costs and a greener footprint. You don’t have to buy to ensure that your new living space will be as planet-friendly as you! Newer apartment complexes are built with sustainability and offer options to renters that can make them feel good about where they live.

What Qualifies an Apartment as Eco-Friendly?

The current sustainable home movement has technology playing a big role. Products like smart thermostats and wi-fi connected light controls can help keep energy use in check. Some technology is becoming so advanced that smart thermostats can detect how many people are in a specific room and will adjust the temperature accordingly. With this detection, the thermostat will auto adjust the temperature accordingly to ensure that you are not wasting energy by blasting A/C into rooms that are not being used. Smart technology is now a term that prospective renters can search for in apartment listings using a keyword filter. Windows can make a big difference in energy consumption for renters in your complex. Apartments that are built with more windows let in more sunlight and warmth, which will reduce the need to keep lights on or the heat up during the day. Besides, an abundance of natural light is often a high-demand target on potential renters’ wish list. 

Going One Eco-Footprint Further

When renovating the units throughout a complex, going the extra step to install low-flow showerheads and dual-flush toilet conversion kits can save huge amounts of water. Being conscious of weather-stripping doors and windows to reduce drafts and the amount of heating and cooling required to keep the units at the right temperature. As the manager of the building, try and set up plans to include recycling and/or compositing options to help reduce the apartment complex footprint. Switch out the types of lightbulbs that are used in the light fixtures throughout the units. The green movement is growing, and as an apartment manager, you can help keep it growing by changing how your apartment complex uses energy. Renovate and be more eco-friendly. 

Looking to improve your eco-footprint? Alterra Construction Group can help make the process quick and professional. Contact us through our website or give us a call at 615-438-5734 for more information.