Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Building an eco friendly house in France
There seem to be a whole raft of articles coming online about "Generation Z" - the baby boomers born in the 1990's who are now reaching adulthood (and thus getting jobs, buying houses and generally spending money).
Much is made about how different their buying habits are. The commercial world seems to be becoming aware that many of this generation will be looking at the eco credentials of what they purchase (and who they purchase from).
Even SEGRO (Slough Estates in old money) have just announced that it is auditing all 2,500,000 square metres of its property portfolio to look for ways to enhance its green credentials (Source the ever excellent and evergreen Kim Tasso).
More and more people will be looking to live in or build eco friendly houses and expats moving to France will be no different.
I found this informative article on FrenchEntrée. We have some French friends who have just built there own house and they have incorporated both of the first ideas which are working smoothly and saving them money (geothermal heating and rainwater recuperation).
I also have some existing clients who are looking to build an eco friendly house, spa & log cabins in the charente. It will be the first of its kind (as far as I know) and it will be exciting and fulfilling to watch the project progress.
I'd love to know more about this topic - if any readers of this blog have experience, ideas or contacts in this area do please get in touch.