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Location, Location, Location: How to choose a sustainable place to live or build

The sustainability of one’s home depends as much (if not more) on its location as on how the house is built. If you’re looking to buy land, or to buy (or rent) a house, consider sustainability criteria when comparing the locations of different properties.

aerial mapThe following are some of the key “location efficiency” issues to consider. (Some of them only apply to buying land that you plan to build on.) Try to choose a spot that meets at least some of these criteria:  

Seek a property that... 

 And avoid buying or building on a property that... 

Living in a sensible and sustainable location has numerous benefits. You can reap significant financial savings (e.g., by reducing the amount of driving you have to do; or by avoiding or minimizing the need to build new infrastructure or to do extensive site grading). Location efficiency can also yield broad, collective benefits for society and our shared environment, such as:

  


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Miriam Landman is an accomplished writer, editor, and sustainability advisor with expertise in green living, green building, and sustainable communities. For daily links to sustainable solutions and success stories, connect to her Facebook page for The Green Spotlight.