Sustainability is changing the way we design our homes. - Leaf'd

Sustainability is changing the way we design our homes.

by Erik Neilson
There’s no getting around the fact that sustainable design is on the forefront of people’s’ minds, especially when it comes to construction. The ways homes and commercial buildings are built are different from those of the past, especially when you consider materials and their impact on the environment. The choices you make have a huge impact on sustainable design goals, and the future of home design is defined by the Millenial generation, who believe that less is more. Here are a handful of ways in which sustainable goals will drive home design in 2017: Prefabrication 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! Tiny Homes 2017 is going to remembered as the year when many people finally put effort into downsizing, and tiny homes are essentially the face of the movement. 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. Couple these benefits with the fact that cleaning up around the house takes literally minutes in a tiny home, and it’s no wonder why so many people are moving in this direction. Green Certification It’s one thing to talk about building a green home—it’s another to be able to prove it. There are a number of different certifications that can be attained by contractors that are looking to build green, and there’s never been a better time now to get involved. 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. 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. Teragren non-toxic bamboo products are ideal for floors and accent walls, too.
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