When buying a home, the same question always arises: new or second hand? At a time when the house market seems to have cured its fever and returns to show its old potential in the form of reactivation of the sector, new construction stands out as the best option to acquire a home having kept virtually unchanged its pre-crisis prices.
Despite what is usually believed, buying a new home does not mean a greater outlay than in second-hand cases. The expenses associated with the acquisition of housing are almost identical in both circumstances, as long as the second-hand housing does not require a heavy investment to remodel the rooms partially or totally.
When making financial calculations, the taxes that have to be faced in both cases are practically the same. Therefore, the main advantages of the purchase of a new home are in the quality of the construction materials, in the energy efficiency of the building, and in the economic savings that the sustainable systems facilitate.
Sustainable property development trends
Many new home developments, such as the houses for sale in Mornington Co. Meath have not been immune to this trend and there are approved plans in different municipalities that stand out for their sustainability. Many developers responsible for new housing projects have opted for quality materials, modern and efficient, in which the care of the environment is felt in all the details of the building.
This is in advance of the regulations that will come into force in 2018 for public buildings and that will force them to be EECN – Almost Null Energy Buildings. For other buildings, such as residential buildings, the European Directive 2010/31/EU will begin to be effective in 2020, at which time all new works must adapt to this law that requires ‘renewable sources’ as sources of energy.
The future is here: heating from the ‘centre’ of the Earth
This is a design element that could fit into the future EECN regulations. The building exchanges energy with the land thanks to the geothermal technology that allows using the temperature of the subsoil to heat or cool the home with minimum environmental impact. This system safeguards the natural environment while at the same time offering benefits for the homeowner.
With this mechanism, the energy of the subsoil is used to keep the temperature of the home constant, since it takes advantage of the stability of the temperature offered by the ground at a certain depth.
Geothermal energy is a great ally because, combined with the radiant floor heating in the home, it offers a high level of thermal comfort in winter, while in summer it contributes to the air conditioning through the refreshing floor – with tempered water circulating below, without refrigerant chemicals. Additionally, it supplies hot water throughout the year.
Thanks to this system of renewable heating/cooling, other advantages are also obtained, in addition to the saving in the energy bill at the end of the month. Geothermal energy does not require the installation of boilers or air conditioning equipment in the home, which favours the use of space in the rooms and the elimination of noise resulting from their use.
With house prices in Ireland predicted to rise another 10% this year*, it seems that investing in new housing based on sustainable principles is the way to go – as such homes will prove to be much in demand in the future.
Data source: www.irishtimes.com