Green building is no longer a pie in the sky idea among granola-munching idealists – just the opposite! The residential green building movement is now flourishing. You can see it in newly built oceanfront homes in Malibu, to the sleek new condo buildings spread across Seattle. Green is now mainstream. Although the trend towards green is great for the environment, it can be confusing for Realtors trying to present themselves as experts on their locality. Yes, green technology may still be out of reach in your rural area. However, you can be sure that your next millennial client is going to bring it up. Just so you’re in the know, we’ve compiled this cheat sheet on the most common green building trends of 2020:
A green roof is when a garden is planted on the rooftop of a building. These gardens are made up of seasonally adaptable plants and offer a surprisingly high ROI. First, green roofs help control indoor temperatures by insulating the roof, which is clearly the most exposed part of any home. They also give the neighbors a nice view while providing homeowners in urban areas a convenient place to grow herbs and vegetables.
Voice-Activated Smart Home Technology
The trend is clear, smartphones are now doing so much more for us than we’d ever imagined. Before long we’ll all be adjusting our lighting and thermostats with our phones. People have become so spoiled that even tapping their phone a few times is too much trouble, which means that voice-activated technology will eventually replace all physical interfaces.
In new construction, we’ve begun to see energy-efficient app-based technologies being implemented more and more. Consumers are more knowledgeable about the value these technologies offer in terms of convenience, not to mention their ability to conserve both natural and financial resources.
Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Devices
Bipolar IAQ devices in residential HVAC systems, not only eliminates germs, mold, mildew, bacteria, dust particles and odors that can lead to illness, providing healthier indoor air, they are also eco-friendly by reducing home emissions. By lowering monthly gas and electric bills, the value of the house can increase by up to 25%. According to Tony Abate, a recognized Indoor Environmentalist certified by the American Air Quality Council and the Indoor Air Quality Association and VP and CTO at AtmosAir Solutions in Fairfield, Conn., “Most homes are breeding grounds for airborne viruses, bacteria, mold, odors and dust because of inadequate air ventilation and filtration systems. If a family member suffers from asthma or allergies, poor indoor air quality can exacerbate the problem.” Depending on the size of the home, the cost of installing a clean indoor air AtmosAir system in a home can range anywhere from $1,490 to $1,895, according to Abate. However, the cost is certainly worth the investment, as a home with clean air technology will not only save you money, it makes the home more desirable to prospective buyers.