Green Property: Buying, Developing and Investing in Eco-friendly Property, and Becoming More Energy Efficient

by Catherine Dawson

ISBN: 978-0749453022

This book is for those who want to change their property and lifestyle to one more ecologically sound and in tune with their environment, yet who may lack the scientific knowledge to do so. In addition, it provides useful commentary on energy efficiency - which could be a vital part of assembling your home information pack.

Uniquely wide in scope, it offers advice for anyone involved with property, containing information for home owners, buyers and sellers, borrowers, investors, landlords, tenants and developers, self-builders and gardeners.

This book also contains a host of useful contact information including: addresses and websites; details of national and local schemes; information about grants; discounts and free offers; and advice on buying and sourcing materials.

Practical information includes a table outlining the potential financial gains to be made from making green changes, sources of environmentally friendly products and green materials and information about Government funding and local authority grants for green home improvements.

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Green Property: Buying, Developing and Investing in Eco-friendly Property, and Becoming More Energy Efficient- Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1: MAKING DECISIONS

  1. Defining a green property
  2. Discovering your environmental philosophy
  3. Matching your philosophy with personal circumstances
  4. Matching your philosophy with financial considerations
  5. Matching your philosophy with property aspirations
  6. Developing a green code
  7. Summary
  8. Useful organizations
  9. Useful websites
  10. Further reading

CHAPTER 2: HOMEOWNERS

  1. Becoming more energy efficient
  2. Buying energy efficient products
  3. Converting to renewable energy sources
  4. Reusing and recycling
  5. Knowing about grants and discount schemes
  6. Useful organizations
  7. Useful websites
  8. Further reading

CHAPTER 3: HOME-BUYERS

  1. Developing a green checklist
  2. Finding suitable properties
  3. Recognizing and evaluating green potential
  4. Recognizing potential for renewable energy sources
  5. Avoiding unsuitable properties
  6. Knowing about the costs
  7. Arranging green building and contents insurance
  8. Summary
  9. Useful organizations
  10. Useful websites
  11. Further reading

CHAPTER 4: HOME-SELLERS

  1. Knowing what buyers are looking for
  2. Making affordable green changes
  3. Adding value through environmentally-friendly changes
  4. Producing a home information pack
  5. Presenting your green property for sale
  6. Marketing your green property
  7. Knowing about grants
  8. Summary
  9. Useful organizations
  10. Useful websites
  11. Further reading

CHAPTER 5: BORROWERS

  1. Defining your borrowing philosophy
  2. Knowing about ethical mortgages
  3. Mortgages for green new-build and renovation
  4. Researching and choosing green lenders
  5. Using ethical financial advisers
  6. Summary
  7. Useful organizations
  8. Useful websites
  9. Further reading

CHAPTER 6: INVESTORS

  1. Defining your investment philosophy
  2. Types of ethical property investment
  3. Researching and questioning organizations
  4. Using professionals
  5. Summary
  6. Useful organizations
  7. Useful websites
  8. Further reading

CHAPTER 7: LANDLORDS

  1. Understanding the Green Landlords’ Scheme
  2. Knowing about grants and loans for landlords
  3. Knowing about tax incentives for landlords
  4. Producing an energy performance certificate
  5. Sourcing energy efficient white goods
  6. Marketing your environmentally-friendly property
  7. Overcoming problems through green action
  8. Summary
  9. Useful organizations
  10. Useful websites
  11. Further reading

CHAPTER 8: TENANTS

  1. Choosing green rental accommodation
  2. Making improvements with your landlord
  3. Reaching consensus with other tenants
  4. Becoming more energy efficient
  5. Buying energy saving brown goods
  6. Saving money
  7. Obtaining grants for tenants on benefits
  8. Summary
  9. Useful organizations
  10. Useful websites
  11. Further reading

CHAPTER 9: DEVELOPERS

  1. Buying a property or land for development
  2. Knowing what to avoid
  3. Knowing about rules and regulations
  4. Sourcing green materials
  5. Knowing about grants and tax incentives
  6. Summary
  7. Useful organizations
  8. Useful websites
  9. Further reading

CHAPTER 10: SELF-BUILDERS

  1. Buying land
  2. Obtaining permission
  3. Understanding rules, regulations and procedures
  4. Planning and designing
  5. Ethical purchasing and sourcing
  6. Generating your own energy
  7. Obtaining grants and tax incentives
  8. Summary
  9. Useful organizations
  10. Useful websites
  11. Further reading

CHAPTER 11: GARDENERS

  1. Reusing and recycling
  2. Composting
  3. Organic growing
  4. Creating a wildlife garden
  5. Conserving water and energy
  6. Sourcing environmentally-friendly products and materials
  7. Knowing about grants and discount schemes
  8. Summary
  9. Useful organizations
  10. Useful websites
  11. Further reading

APPENDIX 1: GRANTS, LOANS AND TAX INCENTIVES

  1. Regional schemes
  2. National schemes

USEFUL ORGANIZATIONS

  1. Charitable groups and non-profit organizations
  2. Commercial organizations
  3. Government departments
  4. Trade organizations and membership groups
  5. Guarantee agencies and licensing groups

USEFUL WEBSITES

  1. Charitable groups
  2. Advisory groups
  3. Commercial organizations
  4. Government departments, schemes and programmes
  5. Trade organizations and professional associations
  6. Directories
  7. Campaign groups and non-governmental organizations


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