Sustainable Home Trends for 2017
As the worlds resources become increasingly strained and scarce, sustainability is becoming the new norm. People are becoming conscious of the impact they are having on the environment. With the advancement in technology, there are new ways that we can live to minimise our cost to the environment and ourselves.
Sustainability is not a trend, it is here to stay. Advancements in technology will see a new age of living. When building or renovating, it is important to realise this change. Building a home the traditional way could result in loss of value and an old age of living. The traditional belief surrounding sustainable homes is that they are expensive and only a fad for those who can afford it. Perhaps this was the case years ago but increasing interest in a better way of living has seen some great sustainable start-up companies produce cost effective solutions.
These are some the trends that are being put to good use in sustainable homes for 2017:
Smart homes take technology to a new level. You are able to control most elements of your home, so long as you have an internet connection and smart phone. Technology helps to make sustainable homes more efficient, creating comfort when you need it. Security, Heating, Lighting and Compatible Appliances can be controlled using a mobile device wherever you are. Making your home smart enables home owners to measure their consumption and make changes to achieve their goals.
It seems as though every year there is a water crisis. Water recycling takes away that stress. Rain water is collected and stored for consumption and cleaning. You don’t have to worry about the storage tanks being an eyesore. There are attractive options to suit any home. A recent innovation is recycling waste water and sewage. Waste water goes through a series of filtration processes and can then be used for watering the garden. Any excess water simply evaporates. Waste water can be stored for compost. It’s not as disgusting as it sounds, with the right treatment it can be used once a year for compost.
Outdoors are In:
For the true nature lovers, you no longer need to step outside. Living plants have always been accepted in our homes and even offices. Taken to a new extreme, there are dedicated areas designed into the architecture of the home that give a natural feeling. With nature coming in, being kicked out are the traditional straight lines and perfect surfaces. This will be replaced with rough edges, natural appearances and organic designs. This will be complimented with furniture inspired by nature. Stone surfaces and wooden furniture will piece everything together. Get those cork boards you might have at home or at the office back up because cork is a happening trend. With its timeless appeal and sustainable properties, it is perfect for use in your sustainable build.
Less is More:
When it comes to sustainability, it is about using less and gaining more. The traditional way to build a home, especially in America, often have wasted space. Maximising this wasted space and building smaller is starting to catch on. There are rooms where furniture folds into the walls and the living room becomes the bedroom. This innovative way of living uses less space and resources while sustaining comfort. Small spaces make it more efficient to heat and with the right insulation minimal energy will be used. Increasing population and unaffordability of houses makes this a sensible solution.
Harvesting Daylight and the Sun:
Rather than using energy to power artificial lights, homes are being designed to maximise natural lighting. Sky lights are back in, they allow rooms to be light using the daylight that streams through. This is where the use of technology is also incorporated. Having mechanical blinds in a smart home can be used to retain heat and protect furniture from UV Rays. Smart homes can also measure the amount light in the room and adjust the brightness to an aesthetically pleasing level. Harvesting the sun involves the use of solar panels. A popular practical choice when it comes to supplying your sustainable home with power.
Technology continues to advance and even surprise us. Efficient appliances that use less energy and water can make a world of difference when it comes to efficiency. This is critical when your home is off the gird. From the kettle to the washing machine, just about every appliance can be controlled via smart phone apps. There is even a fridge that takes a picture of the inside for you so that you can have a look at what you might need while you are on the go.
Technology is playing a critical role in sustainability, they go hand in hand. In saying this, sustainability does not mean that your home has to be kitted out with the latest technology. However, it does maximise the benefits. So, there are a few things that you can consider when building a modern sustainable home that benefits your health and the environments. Sustainability is here to stay, keeping up with the latest trends helps to keep your home modern and vibrant.