The sustainability of a building benefits everyone: the environment and the occupants. Do you want to know if a building is sustainable according to the materials it uses, construction techniques, waste recycling and energy consumption?
The BREEAM® (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology) certificate measures the degree of sustainability of a building. Find out what it is and what its benefits are.
What is it?
It is an international method of evaluation and certification of sustainability in a building.
When it was created?
It was created by the Building Research Establishment (BRE), a British non-profit firm. It began to be developed in 1988 and used in the 1990s. Initially its use in commercial and residential real estate. Now it has spread to new types of buildings.
Is it mandatory?
It is private and voluntary.
What does it measure?
The BREEAM® certificate evaluates impacts in 10 categories (Management, Health and Well-being, Energy, Transport, Water, Materials, Waste, Ecological use of the soil, Pollution, Innovation) and gives a score that serves as a reference for a more sustainable construction in phase of design, execution and maintenance.
How is it evaluated?
It has different evaluation and certification schemes depending on the type and use of the building. Classify buildings according to a credit system grouped into categories. It also rewards measures that promote the well-being of the occupants of the property and the protection of the environment.
How does it work in Spain?
The certification process began here in 2010 and to date there are more than 100 buildings that have the distinction. All buildings located in Spain are certified in the country, facilitating the agility in response times.
How to start the certification process?
Choose a professional and independent advisor who registers the project and plans the steps to obtain the certificate.
What are its benefits?
Revalue the property. Reduces energy and water consumption. It encourages the recycling and use of materials that affect climate change. It promotes the use of materials that help balance noise and lighting levels, generating more comfort for the occupants. Sensitize the population about the importance of caring for the environment.
How much does it cost?
It depends on many factors. It can range between 1,500 and 10,000 euros.
Are there certified buildings in Alicante?
Currently, they are certified and in the certification process.
Did you know about the BREEAM® Certificate? If you are interested in obtaining it for your building or home, contact us to access an authorized professional. At Hogar Mediterráneo we accompany you to solve all the procedures related to the purchase and sale of real estate.
Source consulted: breeam.es
The home, that unique place where we take refuge and let our privacy flow, is the reason for being of Hogar Mediterráneo. In addition to being the object of sale or rent, houses are also the protagonists of books and stories. Today we want to recommend three books about houses, readings where the main character is the home.
To find out more about our homes, that place we always return to, nothing like a good book!
Feng shui The art of harmony. Various authors. Susaeta Editions
Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese practice that invites human beings to be in harmony with the environment that surrounds them. Its principles, aimed at identifying the areas that have favorable or unfavorable energies within the home, are very well explained in this book. You will find examples of the location of belongings, colors, orientations, materials, textures, and everything that is part of our habitat.
Beautifully illustrated, the book teaches us that Feng Shui is an art and a science that can bring us good doses of well-being and prosperity if we follow its basic fundamentals, inside the home and also in the garden.
The roof, by Fernanda Trías. Editorial Transit
This short and intense novel about madness, love and isolation invites you to reflect on what it means to live on the fringes of the outside world. Clara, the main character, does not want to leave the house. For her, her life is reduced to the floor where she remains entrenched with her father, her daughter, and a caged canary. Cut off from society, she has decided to lock the door and cover the windows with blankets as she fights her fears, memories, and delusions.
However, there is a place where she feels free. She secretly goes up there and manages to breathe. What happens on the roof? Is there a way out of the threat it senses? Although she explores the bleak, the story stands out for its precise and sensitive prose. Do you dare to enter Clara's apartment?
At home, a brief history of the private life, of Bill Bryson. RBA Books
It occurred to the author of this book that instead of studying history through its wars and battles, it might be more interesting to study people in their everyday lives: at home, eating, sleeping, and just living. Your argument? that the main discoveries of humanity are in the very structure of the home that we inhabit.
In his own house and walking from one room to another, Bryson reflects on the origin of everyday objects and carries out a prodigious investigation into the history of almost everything: architecture, electricity, furniture, food ... mentioning the brilliant minds behind it all. An eye-opening and highly entertaining book!
At Hogar Mediterráneo we believe that reading is such a wonderful refuge with our home. If you want to buy some of these three books about houses you can do it through www.abreunlibro.com and if you are looking for your dream home on the Costa Blanca, contact us and we will help you find it.
Before buying a home we evaluate how much we are going to invest, the quality of the construction, the services that the property includes, and where it is located. Then, it is time to decide on a very important question: new or second-hand housing in Alicante. Which one to buy?
To find out, today we are going to analyze the advantages and disadvantages of each one.
The new construction home in Alicante:
It has the usual guarantees on breach of contract or defects in the work.
If construction is not completed, developers are obliged to return the money advanced by the buyers, plus interest.
The amounts paid by the buyer must be deposited in an account open for the exclusive purpose of covering the needs of the construction.
It is built with advanced materials on the market, which usually incorporate energy efficiency criteria.
As it is usually located far from urban centers and in modern urbanizations, it has common areas: gardens, swimming pool, children's areas, storage rooms or garage.
It is subject to a 10% VAT.
Second-hand housing in Alicante:
It is a property ready to move into. It can be occupied from the moment the mortgage procedures are completed.
There is more variety of locations and you can choose in various areas of Alicante.
Depending on its location, it offers a wide range of services: health centers, schools, restaurants, shops, sports centers, according to needs.
It usually needs a renovation that increases the total cost of the acquisition.
The sale of second-hand housing in the Valencian Community is taxed with a 10% Asset Transfer Tax (ITP).
What do you think of both options? If you have capital available, this is the best time to decide to buy a home in Alicante, be it new or second-hand. Investments in real estate, according to experts, guarantee good profitability in the short and long term.
At Hogar Mediterráneo we advise you according to your needs: for example: what papers are necessary for the purchase of a home or the advantages and disadvantages of buying a home with a company.
We want you to make the most profitable and convenient real estate investment. Contact us and get rid of doubts!