Leading property portal investigates increasing uptake of eco-friendly houses and sustainable appliances
With the recent signing of the agreement between Architectural Association of Kenya (AAK) and the United Nations Human Settlements Program (UN-Habitat), real estate developers are slowly embracing eco-friendly features in buildings, leading to an increased uptake of green buildings.
The agreement creates guidelines for developers to incorporateeco-friendly technologies into their projects, thus enhancing environmentally friendly buildings. Green buildings feature natural lighting, and use renewable sources of energy such as solar energy, rainwater harvesting and recycling.
Lamudi Kenya Managing Director, Dan Karua, said: “This is a milestone achievement in promoting eco-friendly buildings. This will greatly help in reducing utility costs and effectively safeguarding the environment.”
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The agreement was fostered by UN-Habitat’s program, Promoting Energy Efficiency in Buildings in East Africa, which will focus on cutting greenhouse emissions through eco-friendly building designs and constructions. Technological advancements have also led to the development of eco-friendly construction materials which are recycled and non-toxic.
The materials include cedar made roofing tiles which are solar reflective, therefore reducing the amount of heat coming into the house, and bamboo and cork flooring tiles which are easily replaced and visually appealing.
“Green living is the way to go. It is not only cost effective but aesthetically appealing when you incorporate eco-friendly building designs and construction materials. These household appliances too are beautifully designed.” Karua said.
The house appliances market has seen a similar rise in energy efficient products that are aimed at reducing electricity costs. Popular appliances include energy saving bulbs, refrigerators and TV sets, all designed to ensure that your house runs at low cost.
Launched in 2013, Lamudi is a global property portal focusing exclusively on emerging markets. The fast-growing platform is currently available in 32 countries in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America, with more than 800,000 real estate listings across its global network. The leading real estate marketplace offers sellers, buyers, landlords and renters a secure and easy-to-use platform to find or list properties online.
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