Pakistani house-hunters have made eco-friendly homes and sustainable housing features a priority, when it comes to buying or renting houses.
These sustainable features have become a necessity due to the persistent 13-15 hours of load-shedding that Pakistanis currently face. As majority of the electricity production is via non-renewable energy resources, this situation is expected to deteriorate further.
Moreover, with the recent heat wave which claimed thousands of lives and the worsening energy shortages, it is only a matter of time that each and every household in Pakistan will include sustainable features
Developers and builders are well aware of the changing housing needs and have started incorporating these features. One example of an ongoing remarkable sustainable development in Pakistan is that of DHA City Karachi (DCK) that is envisioned as a self-contained sustainable city.
DCK project will also feature natural drains to collect rain water into a lake for recycling and reuse for plantation and drought resistant native plants. Adding on, the project is said to have include wind, solar and biomass energy along with energy efficient LED lights.
Pakistan is currently undergoing an eco-revolution as revealed by data released by online real estate marketplace Lamudi Pakistan. Nearly half (49.5 percent) of the current residential property listings on Lamudi.pk’s website include eco-friendly features and elements of sustainable design.
Moving on, according to the latest Pakistan Economic Survey 2014-15, Pakistan’s glaciers are melting at a faster rate compared to the rest of the glaciers in the world. This not only makes Pakistan vulnerable to a huge variety of hazards but also makes eco-friendly features in the homes a must-have as an action to address these adverse climatic changes.
Hence, when buying a new house or renovating an existing one, homeowners should consider using energy-efficient materials which can help lower their utility builds and promote a healthier living environment.