Environmental Factors to Consider While Investing in Real Estate

Many people are just concerned about location when it comes to buying real estate. You need to keep in mind that there are a variety of different factors which you need to consider. Only when you take into account these factors, it is easy for you to make the right buying decision. The most ignored element while investing in real estate are environmental factors. When you consider all these factors, it is easy to make the right decision. You cannot ignore these factors in the long term if you plan to become a good and successful real estate investor. 1. … Continue reading

قم ببناء منزلك الصغير من المواد المعاد تدويرها

بدا الناس بالعودة الى الحياة البسيطة من أجل توفير المال.  إن مفهوم الحياة البسيطة يكمن في العودة إلى الطبيعة، وترك بصمة ولو صغيرة على كوكب الأرض، وأيضاً في نظر العديد من الناس ان تكون مقتصدا∙ لماذا تخلق كما هائلاً من الديون عندما يكون بوسعك أن تبني بيتك من مواد معاد تدويرها يمكنك العثور عليها مجاناً?  إن بناء منزلك الصغير “Tiny Home ” من المواد المعاد تدويرها ليس بالأمر الصعب كما قد تظن.  في الواقع، عندما تعرف ما تبحث عنه، فليس من الصعب العثور على المواد اللازمة فقط اترك العنان لخيالك كي يفكر∙ ما المواد التي تحتاج إليها؟ إن أغلب المنازل الصغيرة … Continue reading

التنمية الحضرية منخفضة الكربون: قرارات مجدية لمدن الشرق الأوسط وشمال إفريقيا

تمثل المدن أرقى أشكال الحضارة الإنسانية التي طورت لتحقيق غاية أساسية هي تطوير الكفاءة الاقتصادية، إلا أنه وفي خِضَم التنافس الاقتصادي الشرس، خسرت المدن الكثير من العدالة وأضاعت بصمتها البيئية. بحلول عام 2050، من المتوقع أن يعيش 70% من سكان العالم في المدن التي ستكون وحدها مسؤولة عن ثلاثة أرباع إجمالي انبعاثات غازات الدفيئة في العالم، مما يعني أن بذل الجهود الواعية لتبني تدابير فعالة من شأنها أن تساعدنا في تحقيق أهداف التنمية المستدامة قد أصبح ضرورة ملحة نحتاجها ليس فقط من الحكومات و لكن أيضا من قبل مؤسسات القطاع الخاص والمنظمات غير الربحية والمجتمعات المحلية. مستقبل المدن على الصعيد … Continue reading

How Towns Can Rebuild After a Wildfire?

Wildfires are horrific natural disasters that can devastate individual households and large communities alike. By definition, wildfires, also known as wildland fires, are known to ravage combustible wildland vegetation areas. Depending on the incident, a wildfire can destroy natural forests, negatively impact soil fertility and water cycles, or even threaten the health of those residing nearby the ignition point. In terms of cause, different events can ignite wildfires, ranging from human-caused to naturally occurring. Arson, equipment malfunctions (i.e., car accidents), unattended campfires, discarded cigarettes, and burning debris are all culprits of human-caused wildfires. On the other hand, natural fires result … Continue reading

Green Building Rating Systems in MENA

Green buildings not only contribute towards a sustainable construction and environment but also bring lots of benefits and advantages to building owners and users. Lower development costs, lower operating costs, increased comforts, healthier indoor environment quality, and enhanced durability and less maintenance costs are hallmarks of a typical green building. A wide range of green building rating and assessment systems are used around the world, including LEED and BREEAM. Sustainability is now a top priority in MENA region and countries like Qatar and UAE have come up with their own green building rating system to incorporate socio-economic, environmental and cultural … Continue reading

Energy Efficiency in Saudi Cement Industry

Saudi Arabia is the largest construction market in the Middle East, with large development projects under way and many more in the planning stage. The cement industry in Saudi Arabia is evolving rapidly and annual clinker production was 75 million tonnes in 2018. The cement industry is one of the highest energy-intensive industries in the world, with fuel and energy costs typically representing 30-40% of total production costs. On an average, the specific electrical energy consumption typically ranges between 90 and 130 kWh per tonne of cement. Keeping in view the huge energy demand of the cement industry, the Saudi … Continue reading

Progress of Green Building Sector in Qatar

There has been rapid progress in green building sector in Qatar with the emergence of many world-class sustainable constructions in recent years. With the fifth-highest number of LEED-registered and certified buildings outside the U.S., Qatar has valuable experience and inputs to offer on the system’s local relevancy and application. Various countries in the Middle East have been accredited with regards to the LEED system. Of these buildings, 65 per cent (802) are located in the UAE. Qatar is ranked second on the list, with 173 green buildings, followed by Saudi Arabia (145), Lebanon (25) and Egypt (22). Qatar’s Green Building Rating … Continue reading

Build Your Tiny Home From Recycled Materials

People are turning to tiny living in order to save money. Living simply is about getting back to the earth, leaving a smaller footprint on the planet, and also, for many people, about being frugal. Why create a mountain of debt when you can build a home from recycled materials that can be found for free? Building your tiny home from recycled materials is not as difficult as you may think. In fact, when you learn what to look for, it’s actually not hard to find the materials and put your imagination to work. Image Source: https://tinylivinglife.com/2019/05/how-much-do-tiny-houses-cost-are-they-worth-the-investment/ What Materials Do … Continue reading

Going Green to Save Money: The ROI of Green Homes

For many reasons, green homes are more and more popular, yet eco-friendliness can be a complex topic in the housing market. Of course, the reasons are simple enough: green homes have a smaller footprint through sustainable materials and energy efficiency, so are better for our damaged environment; going green lowers energy costs over time; and going green can increase a home’s market value, bringing Return on Investment to sellers. Yet achieving the ROI of an eco-friendly home can be complicated, because it depends on a number of factors, including location, the age of the home, and how soon the owner … Continue reading

Signs You May Have Asbestos in Your House

If you’re buying a home or doing some makeover, you need to be careful about the presence of asbestos on the walls and other surfaces. Asbestos refers to a mixture of naturally-occurring minerals that are used in building materials. However, the use of this mineral is curtailed because exposure to it can lead to a variety of severe diseases. While your naked eye can’t see asbestos due to its colorless and odorless nature, there are ways to determine whether your home is contaminated with this toxic mineral. Keep reading this article to learn a few signs that can indicate the … Continue reading

Best Green Ways to Increase Your Property’s Value

Increasing a property’s value is something that everyone hopes to accomplish during their lifetime. The place in which one owns is usually the biggest asset of a person’s life. Therefore, one should treat it dearly by taking steps to improve its condition over the years. Over the past decade, there has been a huge drive towards achieving sustainability in all facets of our lives. Simply put to be sustainable or “green” means to satisfy your present needs in a way that does not compromise the needs or resources of future generations. More importantly to put this into the context of … Continue reading

Sustainability and Energy Efficiency are Key to Affordable Housing

To be affordable, houses must be designed and built embracing strong principles of sustainability. Ensuring houses are energy-efficient may increase up-front construction costs a bit, including the costs of superior tools and equipment and professional architectural and mechanical engineers services, but the long-term benefits and future cost-efficiency are what matters. Non-believers think that it is an oxymoron to combine the idea of sustainability and affordability. But, the fact is that when homeowners are able to spend less on their energy bills they can budget better for repairs and maintenance, which intrinsically improves the durability and longevity of their houses. In … Continue reading