Retrofitting is likely to be the trend for those wanting to create sustainable living spaces in 2013, according to the Emerging Trends in Real Estate Europe joint report, published by the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and Pricewaterhouse Cooper (PwC).
Europe isn’t the only place this is becoming a popular way to greener living, Australian architects, builders and even students are embracing retrofitting.
Students at the University of Wollongong and TAFE Illawarra have taken retrofitting to a classic Aussie fibro home and will make it into an eco-house.
The 30 students are part of the Solar Decathlon, a global research and building competition driven by the Chinese and United States governments, and have made it into the finals with 23 other teams from around the world.
They are also the first Australian group to compete in this event.
The home is called The Illawarra Flame Australia and students want to inspire the building industry and demonstrate it is possible to transform most Australian homes into stylish, affordable and sustainable homes of the future.
The home, once completed in Australia, will be taken to China for judging in August.
Students will compete in and be judged on 10 events covering all aspects of housing design, including architecture, market appeal, engineering, communications, solar application, thermal comfort, hot water, appliances, home entertainment and energy balance.
The judging and events will be between August 6-15 in Datong, 300km west of Beijing in China.