Apr 30 | Posted by Barry Cohen

Now more than ever there is pressure from industry experts and consumers to be environmentally conscious in the development of real estate properties. From energy-efficient climate control to natural building materials; developers are being asked to make an effort in developing eco-friendly options for their residences. Today there is a multitude of eco-friendly Luxury living options for buyers, developers and renovators to consider.

Whether you’re looking to cut-costs on renovation projects or you’re trying to make more of an effort to do what’s best for the environment, the following items are becoming more and more common in Luxury properties all over the world.

Solar Panels

While solar panels have been available to consumers for many years the cost of the technology and installation deterred many homeowners from purchasing them. Now with the latest technological advancements they are becoming more and more common. Not only do they lower your electrical build, they also decrease your carbon footprint while increasing your home’s value.  

LEED Gold Certified

Potential home owners who are interested in buying new, or buyers perusing the market, can now inquire as to whether the developer was LEED Gold Certified. LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. To receive LEED certification, building projects satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification.

LED Recessed lighting

LED lighting has become very common in new-builds and renovation projects for a number of years. High-end Luxury properties on the market now featured LED Recessed lighting in both the interior rooms and exterior security systems and outside lighting. While they produce crisp, clean lighting; they also are about 75-80% more energy efficient.

Energy-Efficient Systems

There have been numerous technological advancements in household systems. These include fully customizable and automatic systems that control:

  • Site conditions
  • Local climate
  • Appliances and home electronics
  • Insulation and air sealing
  • Lighting and daylighting
  • Space heating and cooling
  • Water heating
  • Windows, doors, and skylights.


For Luxury eco-friendly living opportunities in the GTA, contact Barry today for homes that suit both yours and Mother Nature’s needs.