The home improvement industry is in the midst of an evolution. Science has driven the monumental wave of eco-consciousness to our doorsteps, and we have no choice but to let it inside. The future is now, and in the next 5-15 years, the home building and remodeling industry will hardly be recognizable compared to what it is today.
Here are reports from green-building experts sharing their predictions:
In the year 2016
- Homebuyers will focus on less square footage and more quality, comfort, durability and efficiency.
- Renewable-energy sources will take over the majority of the power supply for homes.
In the year 2021
- Homes will become energy generators for their communities.
- Rainwater harvesting will become the norm, providing homeowners with untreated water for landscaping and non-potable purposes.
- The newest Energy Star program will become a general code requirement throughout the building industry, improving the energy efficiency and overall eco-friendliness of new homes.
- New homes will be built with Passive House design principles, eliminating the need for a mechanical HVAC system.
- Green-home aspects – such as indoor air quality and energy efficiency – will be mandated by local and state laws.
In the year 2026
- More houses will be multi-family dwellings, increasing the home’s efficiency and decreasing land costs.
- Homes will meet living-building standards, operating with net-zero energy, and even generating energy for communities.
- Housing will become more of a consumer product – people will expect the same kind of buying experience that they have with cars, cell phones and computers. Specifications, reviews and other consumer information will be demanded by homebuyers.
Green homes may be in our future, but go ahead and call Mark Lackey today at Atlanta Housing Source (404-886-8789) to schedule an appointment and find a home in Gwinnett, Cobb, Forsyth and North Fulton.