Green technologies, also known as clean technologies, are all those that encompass techniques, processes, materials and methods applicable to daily life and different industries to positively change the quality of life, while preserving and recovering the environment. The main objectives of green technologies can be summarized as sustainability, feasibility, innovation, waste reduction, a complete cycle contemplating its application throughout the entire process of the useful life of the product or service. In this way, the economic sectors can continue to receive their economic benefit, consumers do not see their budget affected by increased costs and it is ensured that the impact on the environment will be positive.
Technologies that you should highlight in your properties
Among the main applications that green technologies have in the real estate sector are energy and fuel generation, waste and sewage treatment, the intelligent use of energy and water, and the incorporation of green areas in urban spaces. These applications are intended to reduce environmental impact and meet the demand of the market and real estate buyers of the new era. If within the inventory of properties that you manage, you have some that carry this type of technology, it is of the utmost importance that you highlight such benefits at the time of sale. Below we list 10 main green technologies that a home can have and the benefits that you can explain to your client about them.
1. Solar heaters
So far, the water heaters for showers and sinks are supplied with gas or electricity for their operation. Thanks to green technologies, they will be able to function through the energy collected by solar panels, mainly located strategically on terraces, roofs, and plots. Generally, these work with a recirculation system and can have different types of heating for the water, among which the vacuum, flat, and concentration tubes stand out. In all types of solar heaters, the heating system is given by the heat energy obtained from the sun, which is collected by the structure of the heater and transferred to the water through recirculation, heat projection, and other methods. Currently, there are solar heaters with large capacities of more than 300 liters with temperatures of more than 190°C.
2. Water filters
With water filters, costs, and waste are avoided due to the purchase of water sold in plastics. In addition, it is possible to convert the water that we discard for consumption into drinkable, which allows the optimization of this vital resource for all living beings. In real estate, these water filters allow purifying of the liquid both in residential spaces, as well as in industrial, commercial, and institutional buildings, in factories, schools, or residential complexes. These filters can be installed directly in the taps or in the water network pipes, ensuring that their use is easy, safe for health, and allows savings for consumers.
3. Saver toilets
Perhaps saving toilets are one of the most widespread and generally applied in real estate. It is already common to see designs that allow the water to be lowered at a higher pressure and in a smaller quantity, according to the type of evacuation. These allow effective flushing of toilets with better use of water.
4. Garbage containers with organic/inorganic separation
In some countries, the separation of organic and organic waste is already mandatory to favor the recycling process. Therefore, one way to make properties for sale or lease more attractive and functional is to integrate garbage containers that allow their effective classification. They exist in different hygienic materials, sizes, and designs, so you can find the right ones for your space and style.
5. Lighting through solar panels
Solar panel lighting is another of the 10 green technologies, made possible by the power of our greatest star. In the most avant-garde real estate designs there are already electrical networks that allow the operation of lamps of all kinds and are supplied with the energy obtained from solar radiation.
6. Green roofs
With the use of green roofs, the aim is to reforest the space used for the construction of urban buildings and real estate, taking advantage of the area of their roofs, terraces, and/or roofs for this purpose. The way to do it is by upholstering the surface, floor, or ground with grass so that we can take advantage of the oxygen, aesthetics, and quality of life that natural soil provides us. This is another of the 10 technologies that increase the value of a property, even more so, if it is given an additional use as a garden, with the planting of food products such as vegetables, greens, or herbs.
7. LED lighting
Now, regardless of whether the energy source of a property is solar or electric, the properties can be integrated into the ecological and sustainable trend with the use of LED lights. These are already recognized for their brightness, capacity, and power, with less energy consumption. As indicated by a publication in the newspaper, LED lighting can reduce energy consumption by more than 80%, which is equivalent to benefits for the environment and the pocket of consumers, who will see savings on their bills.
8. Rainwater harvesting systems
Rainwater is a resource that has not yet been widely used and is now a focus among the 10 green technologies for buildings. With the current systems, it is possible to effectively collect a large part of the water from rain, to be reused as drinking water, in car washes, for irrigation, washing machines, and toilet discharges. In this way, economic savings are achieved in water bills, sustainable use of natural resources, and a contribution to the environment.
9. Exterior light systems with motion sensors
Especially used in commercial buildings and common areas of residential units, due to the high traffic of people and the high energy demand that is required to maintain the safety and comfort of people through constant lighting. With this technology, it is possible to keep the lights off in places such as corridors, patios, pedestrian paths, and common areas when the area is uninhabited. These turn on as soon as the sensors perceive the movement or presence of someone. Thus, rational and conscious use of energy is achieved.
10. Water-Saving Showerheads, Basins, and Sinks
We highlight this type of system in our list of the 10 green technologies, as it is one of the easiest to implement and with the capacity to generate an environmental impact by saving water in showers, sinks, and sinks. These systems are developed through designs that integrate different systems to automatically adjust the water flow. For this, magnetic, mechanical mechanisms with levers or with a motion detector are integrated to stop or activate the flow of water.