Top 5 green design trends
With the cost of energy draining household budgets as well as the world's resources, it's little wonder that consumer demand holds strong for green design elements. We've seen many interesting trends over the years as the green movement has taken hold, but what are we likely to see right now? Here are five green design trends that are changing today's homes and, thankfully, changing the environment for the better.
1. Reduced Size — Reduced Bills
Smaller homes are on the rise as consumers look for ways to reduce their footprint on the world, reduce their energy consumption and subsequently reduce their energy bills. In addition, for existing dwellings there is a groundswell of interest in home energy audits and home remodelling to achieve green outcomes. Retrofitting green solutions is a growing trend that is fuelling new business in the building industry.
2. Knowledge is Power
Consumers are choosing to take control of their energy consumption in all manner of ways and one trend that is proving popular is that of measuring energy use in real time. Thanks to a variety of sensor-based devices for the home, tracking energy consumption has never been easier for householders. Measuring each appliance's energy and water use is now commonplace in many homes. This means that people have the knowledge and power to adjust their lifestyle to make savings when they understand which activity, appliance or even which member of the household is having the biggest impact on usage and resultant costs!
3. Smart Choices
When it comes to making design choices for aspects such as the paint and flooring within homes, many homeowners are turning their backs on products that are not eco-friendly. A strong preference is being shown for materials such as cork and premium quality bamboo, along with low toxic paints. Demand of this kind is being driven as much by concerns for health as it is by concern for the environment.
4. Light Bulb Moment
It's taken some time, but most people nowadays accept that incandescent light bulbs offer extremely poor energy efficiency. With the price of LEDs slowing coming down, more and more households are installing them, which means great gains for both the environment and reduced energy bills for consumers.
5. Zero Effect
Finally, the ultimate green design trend is to create a home that has a zero balance of water and energy use; what the household generates in energy is all that is consumed. Thoughtfully placed windows, solar panels and insulation are just a few of the design strategies utilized to achieve improved efficiency, while wind turbines are but one solution for creating the necessary renewable energy source.
The green movement continues to grow, so much so that most construction companies of both commercial and residential buildings now incorporate green elements into their designs, more or less bringing the green movement into the mainstream. The good news is that with such high demand for eco-friendly design there is certain to be many more interesting trends to look forward to in the future.
Touseef Hussain Touseef Hussain, through his job at QS Supplies, is a creative writer and an interior design consultant, who currently lives in United Kingdom, Leicester. Tauseef along with QS Supplies has handled many interior design projects all over UK. He has written blogs and articles on several home improvement topics and has offered several creative and valuable ideas through his articles. His main goal is to help people spend less and live more. www