Trends in Sustainability Design for the HomeIt’s a good time to be green!
About a third of home builders say that 60% of their projects are green! Homeowners are paying more attention to energy consumption and sustainability these days.
Environmental responsibility is top-of-mind. Net zero is a serious consideration. And a healthy home is synoymous with a green home.
With demand growing, the building market has responded with more options than ever before.
Here are some green trends to incorporate into your plans.
There are many materials that can insulate your home and green-minded homeowners aren’t afraid to think out of the box for more sustainable and healthier insulation for their homes in 2017. Insulation made from hemp, wool, cotton, and soybean foam are gaining popularity.
They are also more breathable and protect better than traditional forms of home insulation. Many of them are also made from recycled materials.
Greywater & Filtration
If you’re undergoing a major renovation or building a new home, consider greywater plumbing. This type of system reuses water drained from washing machines and sinks for toilets and outdoor irrigation. It decreases your water consumption and allows you to recycle water immediately.
Whole home water filtration systems take incoming tap water and filter it so it is as clean and healthy as it can be. With several water crises last year, this trend will gain even more momentum in 2017.
Eco-friendly flooring is in high-demand for 2016. There are so many ways to do the environment a favor with your flooring choices. You can get reclaimed wood or go for a sustainable material like cork or bamboo. You can also get tile made from recycled materials like glass, ceramic, or stone.
Ceramic and porcelain tile are excellent options for a green and healthy home. They are no-VOC so you won’t have to worry about your indoor air quality. Daltile lets you search for tile by recycled content and other green properties. Check it out today!
Saddle Brook XT in Farmhouse on the patio
Bathrooms and kitchens are a black hole for water consumption. Low-flow fixtures can help cut back on excess water use without your family noticing that anything is different. These include showerheads, faucets, and toilets with governors on them so the flow decreases water usage.
A big, upcoming trend takes the next step in clean energy. The goal used to be net zero, or producing enough energy to power your own usage. But that’s changing. Now the goal is to produce more clean energy than you need and sell it back to the grid.
The result? Energy companies will need less energy created by fossil fuels and it will ultimately clean up overall energy use. Homeowners turn to solar, wind, and water to help them get to net positive.
The smart thermostat learns your habits, such as, when you are home or away, the temperatures you prefer at different times of the day, etc. then it self-adjusts. Amazingly, this saves homeowners up to 15% on heating and cooling bills.
A digital home manager and energy storage system lets you control not only your thermostat, but appliances too. One system to control all your energy consumption across the house lets you monitor it more effectively.And you'll need a manager with all the options available in smart appliances today!
Lawns are out of trend. Xeriscaping is the next big thing. You’ve seen landscaping like this in your neighborhood—it uses drought-resistant, native plants to reduce water consumption of traditional green lawns.
We’re not just talking cactus and mulch here. Your landscaping doesn’t have to be spare to be sustainable. Rely on native plants and you can have a very interesting landscape without using extra water. And if you still need some traditional grass, go ahead, just select a drought-tolerant grass or limit your application of it.
A huge trend from 2016 that's carrying over to 2017 is bringing the outdoors into the house. This might be in the form of plants and greenery, or it might be larger windows and skylights that harvest natural light.
Another hot outdoors-in trend is designing spaces that connect the outdoor living space to the indoor living space. A retractable or folding wall instantly connects the inside of the house to the outdoor entertaining space, and voila, the outdoors are suddenly an extension of the living room! Check out Daltile products such as Saddle Brook XT that let you seamlessly connect both spaces with products suitable for both indoors and out.
A green home is more within reach than ever before. Go green for your home in 2017!