As a strong heatwave persists in some parts of Europe, climate change and also energy savings are becoming increasingly important to address in terms of the choice of homes we buy. House builders and homeowners are responding by creating greener houses or adapting older properties where possible. Here are six on sale now.
In the great year-round Alpine town of Saint-Gervais, this is a wonderful seven-bedroom chalet with great eco-features – and views of Mont Blanc. It has superb insulation and hydraulic underfloor heating from air/water heat pumps. It is well-insulated with SIPS construction system. DPE A
This beautiful bioclimatic wooden framed house with fantastic mountain views is located in the Languedoc. Designed in 2018, it really is a unique four-bedroom home made from bio-diverse materials (no concrete) and a thermodynamic water heater – another DPE A.
In the Vaucluse, this is a stunning architect-designed house set in nature and with two bedrooms. The main electricity is produced by solar panels by day, and in the evening, any surplus electricity produced is sold to EDF – neat, eh? It’s a DPE B.
This four-bedroom wooden house on the edge of a forest feels more like Finland than Paris, but it sits in Igny, near Saclay, southwest of the French capital. It is made from top-of-the-range solid wood from Finland, and is extremely well-insulated with linen – it’s a DPE D.
A stunning four-bedroom house in Gers with a wraparound glass balcony and a walled vegetable garden for your own fresh produce. Built in 2009 to the highest specification using quality materials, with heat pumps for the underfloor heating and solar panels for the hot water giving it a DPE B
The cute little water mill in Manche, Normandy, can create its own electricity with its water wheel and has a turbine to produce more electricity if required. The three-bedroom property comes with a separate two-bedroom gite so you can gain power and an income!