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Welcome to Chastleton Eco-Friendly Properties

With the current emphasis on environmental concerns, it makes sense to start looking at ways to live in a more eco-friendly manner and what better place to start than our own homes? More and more properties are now being built which aim to minimise environmental impact while using sustainable resources and renewable energies.

Many governments across the world have now pledged to make greater efforts to lower their countries' carbon footprints and reduce emissions. As a result, property developers have actively sought ways of using recycled or renewable materials in their designs and public demand for eco-friendly housing has increased. The homebuying public are keener than ever to find ways of embracing a more environmentally friendly approach to living by recycling more and finding efficient methods of heating and powering their home.

For those who think that using recycled or sustainable materials may compromise on style and design, they should think again. These developments are not only becoming more fashionable but are even becoming an essential integral part of building design. From homes to public buildings, the emphasis on environmentally friendly design has resulted in many unusual and attractive buildings that have the added bonus of being eco-friendly.

As well as benefiting the environment, choosing eco-friendly heating and lighting solutions can actually save householders money, so there is profit all round. Environmentally friendly features in properties are high on home-buyers' check-lists so they will increase the value of the property. It has also been suggested that the use of ecological construction materials improves air quality inside homes which helps to improve the general health of the occupants.

When selling or letting a property you are now required by law to have an EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) carried out. The EPC was introduced in 2007 as part of the Home Information Packs. It consists of having a survey carried out on the property by an assessor where they examine certain elements such as loft insulation, heating systems, light fittings and windows. Using the information gathered a current rating is assigned to the property along with a recommend value that could be achieved with certain improvements. All estate agents now require an EPC before they can instruct on a property. If you are planning on renting a property in Dorset then this letting agents in Bournemouth will be able to assist in organising an Energy Performance Certificate.

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