Sustainable renovations are not only about ecological renovations. It's about how you can make smart and sustainable choices that, over time, will generate significant savings or profits for your piggy bank while increasing the value as well as the comfort of your home. Besides, you reduce your ecological footprint and give mother nature a helping hand. We would like to give you 5 reasons and some basics to grow sustainably.
5 reasons to renovate sustainably.
1. Good insulation = Lower energy bill and fewer maintenance problems
Investing in good insulation for your entire house will win you back from the first second.
Here are many advantages such as:
- Lower energy bill because your heating and air conditioning is used less
- Your home stays warmer in winter and cooler in summer
- Insulation stops condensation and moisture
- Less noise pollution which ensures peace and comfort in your home
- Better for the environment because you emit less co2 and use less fuel
Although this is a big bite out of your budget, you can immediately save on the long term to invest in other renovation works.
2. Good ventilation = Healthier home and better quality of life
Nobody wants a musty smell in the house. Ventilation of the rooms is necessary to guarantee a healthy home. You can choose between various natural or/and mechanical ventilation systems so that sufficient oxygen is supplied in the house, while annoying odours, harmful substances and moisture are prevented by good circulation. Good ventilation is therefore not only fun to get a breath of fresh air, but also important for good personal health and liveable home.
3. Sustainable building materials = Environmentally friendly and easy to reuse
There are an infinite number of building materials on the market with which you can get started. From various types of insulation, construction materials, cladding, etc. each with their characteristics. However, just as with renewable energy so that your home functions energy-neutral in the long run, you can opt for renewable building materials that you can recover and reuse in future renovations.
So you end up in a system of circular and environmentally friendly renovation. This means that you keep as many materials as possible in circulation that you can easily reuse or recycle. This also allows you to be very creative. Use corks to insulate your wall while your children can hang the cute drawings anywhere, integrate a mirror in that old door or tile your bathroom with the old mosaics for an Arabic Hammam atmosphere.
4. Meeting energy standards = Value of your house rises
A home that meets the various requirements will also be worth more on the housing market. The favourable energy certificate will therefore certainly pay off if you are thinking of selling or renting out in the long term. By the way, homes with an A or B label will be sold more quickly.
5. Grants and financial benefits = Cheaper renovation
In addition to the personal benefits, numerous financial tools can give your investments a boost so that your sustainable home is feasible.
- If your home is 10 years or older, you will benefit from a reduced VAT rate of 6% for renovation works with a contractor.
- Total renovation Bonus or BENO pass. If you invest in 3 or more energy-saving measures and submit an application within 5 years, you can receive an additional bonus amount from the grid manager. This amount depends on conditions such as the type of home and the number of investments.
- The overall renovation grant consists of 4 categories of renovation works that provide a grant of 20% to 30% of the cost price of the works. This scheme is only for private individuals whose home is at least 30 years old and for whom you can submit invoices that are no more than 2 years old on the application date.
- In the case of major energy renovations, builders and renovators can receive a discount on the property tax for five years depending on the E-level (energy level) achieved. An E-level certificate of a maximum of E90 receives a 50% discount. If you obtain an E-level of E60, you will be exempt from this tax for five years.
- The umbrella grid manager Fluvius offers grants for numerous investments such as insulation, energy-saving appliances, water and sewerage, total renovations, etc. Be sure to look in the premiezoeker to find out which grants you are eligible for. Make sure that you apply for the grant before the end of the year at the latest, as these can change annually.
Calculate your profit on sustainable renovations
Make calculations that show that you can recoup the investments for your sustainable renovations in a reasonable period. To find out the possible profit and payback time of your investments, you can visit the online energy profit calculators of the Flemish government. This also gives you a better overview of which investments are worthwhile.
Circular building as a basis for your sustainable renovations
If you think about sustainable cultivation, words like energy-efficient, environmentally friendly, how much is that going to cost me and how do I probably start it before your eyes. But sustainability is more than just these things. It's about the thoughtful use of materials in the long term so that as a private individual you can save time and costs while at the same time reducing your carbon footprint by reusing building materials.
Circular building - What is that?
This involves a circular building model. In this building model, one tries to close the cycles so that all materials are reused as much as possible without losing value and functionality. This results in constant recycling of high-quality building materials so that you as a consumer have fewer costs than if you have to buy new materials. Also, you reduce CO2 emissions and are much more energy-efficient.
Change-oriented renovation - Guidelines for sustainable rebuilding
While circular construction relates to the materials themselves, this strategy is about the future needs and wishes of people and society. Change-oriented or dynamic construction aims to anticipate future adaptations to housing to meet these changing needs and requirements with fewer materials and less waste. This strategy offers 24 concrete design guidelines on 3 levels that can be taken into account for efficient change-oriented building.
Materials Passport. Recycling = saving costs
Do you want to know what you can reuse in the future? Create a materials passport or, more simply, a home file so that you have an overview of which high-quality building materials can be safely reused during renovations. With this passport, you have the necessary knowledge about the available materials so you can reuse them efficiently and save money as well as produce less waste.
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