New buildings nowadays seem like technical centres. It makes all sense as it serves both, protecting our environment and comfortable living, right?
Well… Let´s consider a few things here.
All these technical equipment didn´t pop out of nowhere. It was produced in factories. If you are concerned with the environment, make some research to see how much energy was needed or how much CO2 was produced in the making process.
With our effort to reduce energy consumption by using sophisticated technology in real estate, we have increased the cost of our construction.
Not only that. The additional costs for maintenance and service for those technologies will need to be paid for as long as the building is in use. Unfortunately, in many cases those maintenance costs exceed the amount you saved in your electricity bill.
Technology in real estate – here are five reasons to consider why less can be more
1 – High construction costs
Today, building technology is one of the biggest costs in a new construction.
2 – Short lifespan of the system
Unfortunately, many built-in technologies are less and less durable. In complex technical systems, there are many things that can break.
3 – High power consumption for unnecessary comfort
Whether timer-controlled lighting, sensors that measure the presence, automatic irrigation systems or the simple operation of complex technology chains – the “modern living” costs more electricity than some people think.
4 – Lack of workforce
At the first maintenance of the installed system, you might face a problem. No expert is available. Or maybe no one who is familiar with the complex system in your real estate. This not only leads to long waiting times for maintenance and repair, but also to increased prices for services requested.
5 – Increased electrosmog
Whether electrosmog can make you sick has not yet been scientifically clarified. Although, if a certain level of electrosmog can make you sick is still in question all agree that it is probably healthier to live with as little electrosmog as possible.
There are so many good reasons to pause and consider our approach to modern construction. We should ask ourselves how much technology we really need for comfortable living.
Keep in mind: maintenance-free systems will always save you time and money, in the construction process and beyond.