5 Reasons Why Coliving is a Sustainable Living Model

Living in harmony with our values is one of the great aspirations of modern society. More and more people are seeking to change their daily habits to reduce their environmental footprint. In fact, according to a sustainability and consumption study by El Observatorio Cetelem, 97% of respondents are willing to take steps to mitigate their impact and promote the planet’s sustainability.

While combating climate change requires significant changes and agreements on a global scale, there are many individual actions we can take to make a small contribution: in our transportation, workplaces, shopping habits, and also in our homes and the way we live.

Creating more sustainable homes is a good place to start. Recycling, buying efficient appliances, and maintaining the house at the right temperature are some of the things we’ve been doing for years. But have you ever considered sharing your home with like-minded people? This is what coliving offers—a community living model where spaces and experiences are shared, promoting better use of facilities and resources. Isn’t this a more sustainable model?

Here are five reasons why the answer is a resounding yes.

Better Use of Space

Coliving spaces are designed to offer residents large shared areas that would be rarely available in a private home or shared apartment. Can you imagine having a gym, a spacious terrace for gathering friends, or a coworking space in your home? In a coliving setup, this is possible because buildings are designed for interaction among colivers. While it would be unfeasible and unsustainable for each of us to create these spaces in our individual homes, in coliving, these spaces are used by many people, making such constructions more sensible.

Shared Use of Appliances

The same applies to furniture and appliances. Have you noticed how much furniture and how many appliances get discarded during a move? This happens because most apartments in cities like Barcelona are rented unfurnished, requiring tenants to buy furniture and appliances that they often don’t take with them to their next home. At Aticco Living, however, apartments are rented fully equipped with efficient, environmentally friendly appliances.

Rehabilitation

The construction industry faces a significant challenge regarding sustainability. One of the hot topics at the recent COP-26 Climate Conference in Glasgow in November 2021 was the decarbonization of the real estate sector. But coliving could be part of the solution. As previously mentioned, it’s a more sustainable model due to better utilization of spaces and resources. Moreover, many coliving operators seek buildings that can be adapted to the needs of colivers and rehabilitate them. To date, all Aticco Living locations are in rehabilitated buildings.

Sustainable Materials and Design

However, a rehabilitated building isn’t necessarily more sustainable in the long term than a new construction. That’s why it’s crucial to choose materials and architectural designs with sustainability in mind. At Aticco Living, we aim to contribute to change, and our architecture team works with this goal in mind in all processes: from using sustainable construction and design materials to ensuring proper lighting and insulation to maintain thermal comfort while reducing energy consumption in buildings.

Location

Coliving spaces tend to be located in the city’s central neighborhoods or innovation hubs, such as the Poblenou neighborhood in Barcelona.

Location is a key factor in reducing private vehicle use. Therefore, all Aticco Living locations are well-connected by public transportation and have nearby bike lanes for those who prefer to get around by bicycle or scooter. Additionally, Aticco Living colivers benefit from Aticco community discounts, including reduced prices on bike rentals for getting around the city.

Want to discover what life in a coliving space would be like? Contact us: Aticco Living

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