Environmentally-friendly and sustainable products are becoming increasingly important to today’s consumers. Here are the top 7 green trends in residential construction for 2017:
Net Positive Energy Homes
Forget zero-energy homes, the trend today is to build homes that are so efficient that they produce more energy than they burn.
Cool roofs are designed to absorb more heat and reflect more sunlight than standard roofs. It’s a great way to decrease roof temperature, lowering a home’s cooling needs.
Solar power is a great way to reduce a home’s carbon footprint, as well as reduce energy costs.
Installing water-saving fixtures, such as low-flow toilets, are an easy and cost-effective way to allow home owners to economize water use.
Mobile Apps for Home Energy Use
Having the ability to control your home’s appliances, heating/cooling systems, and lighting systems can be extremely advantageous to home owners.
Smart windows adapt to the weather outdoors to either let in more or less sunlight, depending on the outdoor temperatures. Installing smart windows can be extremely cost effective as they can lower a home’s cooling and heating needs.
Eco-Friendly Building Materials
Choose building materials that are eco-friendly and/or sustainable. Countertops made from glass, aluminum, steel, or sustainable woods are great options!