Why apartment living is more sustainable and can save you time too
Many people are becoming more and more conscious of their impact on the environment and as our lives become more fast paced, we seek to reduce our ecological footprint, simplify our lives, save time and cut down on the resources we use. Opting for apartment living has many benefits you may not be aware of.
Modern apartments rate highly on the liveability scale. If you are considering moving from a house into an apartment, the following information may be of interest to you. Keeping in mind that all lifestyles are different, the more information you can obtain, the easier it will be to make a more informed decision best suited to your individual lifestyle needs.
Apartment Living Saves on Transport Costs
Many apartment buildings are located in central areas close to amenities and public transport options. As everything you need is at your doorstep, people living in an apartment enjoy a shorter commute, saving on transport costs, time and a reduction in their CO2 emissions. “Perth is the most expensive city to both own a car and drive to work” as researched by the Committee for Perth and published in 720 ABC Perth article.
Apartment dwellers tend to walk, cycle or use other sustainable and healthy measures to get from A to B. By creating a ‘walkable environment’ – which consists of mixed land use and densities, connected streets, quality open spaces, and access to public transport – opportunities to be active are more accessible for apartment dwellers.
A well-designed and located apartment encourages people to walk, cycle or use public transport. These commute options aren’t so feasible from a suburban household.
Apartment Living can save you money on Utility Bills
With a smaller space to heat in winter and cool in summer and less area for lighting, apartment living uses less power than a house. This means that not only is apartment living better for the planet, it is also better for your bank balance! Apartments provide excellent insulating properties as your home is insulated by other apartments around you, which helps to naturally keep it cooler in the warmer months and warmer in the cooler months. In addition, many Finbar apartment developments have a centralised hot water system, which is at least 65% more efficient than individual electric storage hot water systems.
Apartment Living Saves Water
Apartment living saves you money on water. A large home with a front garden and a back yard requires a great deal of water to maintain it, unlike an apartment, where your sanctuary might be your balcony with a view or shared common area facilities such as rooftop garden. Finbar apartments are equipped with fixtures that have good WELS ratings, which further helps to reduce water consumption.
Significant Reductions in Carbon Emissions
Finbar considers all innovations and embraces the best options currently available. For example, we use Bubbledeck – a concrete replacement technology – to significantly reduce ''embodied energy’’ (energy trapped within the construction materials of the building itself). It uses recycled plastic balls within the concrete slabs to reduce the amount of concrete used by approximately 35%, the number of concrete truck deliveries, and the amount of foundation load.
There is also a significant reduction in landfill through the use of rubbish compaction units at the bottom of our convenient rubbish chutes on each floor that achieve compaction rates of at least 50%.
If you’d like to know more about sustainable apartment living, contact us today.