Here are 4 sustainable home building trends you are likely to see in 2017 and beyond.
Sustainable home building has become “trendy” in recent years, but there is reason to believe this is not just a passing fad.
With increasing awareness of our environmental impact, and the importance of taking responsible care of our planet, more and more people are choosing environmentally friendly and energy-saving building materials for both homes and commercial buildings. These options can help you not only save money on energy costs, but also improve sustainability and reduce your home’s environmental footprint.
Here are just a few of the sustainable home building trends that you are likely to see more and more of in the coming years:
Prefabricated homes have grown in popularity throughout the United States. These homes are built off-site and transferred to their destination. Due to the nature of how these homes are built, the process tends to be less wasteful than that of building a traditional home. You can also expect a great deal of durability, short construction time and great price on “prefabs,” as they’re often called. These types of homes are perfect for remote locations, so if you’re looking to move to the middle of nowhere, a prefab may be an excellent option!
2.) Tiny Homes
…These homes typically average around 190 square feet, which means there’s a very small carbon footprint associated with them. They’re affordable, extremely energy efficient and can even be mobile…
3.) Green Certification
…There are a number of different certifications that can be attained by contractors that are looking to build green… LEED, WELL and Passivhaus Certification are three examples, all of which speak for a home that is not only easy to heat and cool efficiently, but one that also has an extremely tight building envelope. The results? A more comfortable home for you and your family, and one that has potential to save you a great deal of money in the process.
4.) Low-toxicity Materials
The materials used to build a home matter—especially for those who are actually going to live in it. Eco-bond, non-toxic adhesives and caulks, as well as paints and finishes are slowly replacing older, more toxic materials, resulting in less concern among families and better health overall for those who live in newer homes…