As we have seen negative effects on the environment become advertised more in the current day and age, companies and certain industries are looking for ways to become more sustainable. The point is simple: the ways in which we conduct business have a direct impact on the environment, whether for better or worse. What these industries choose to do in the next coming years will be pivotal in whether or not the climate situation can improve.
The following sustainable building trends of 2021 are an upcoming solution to this problem and in improving the overall sustainability of the industry.
Renewable Building Materials
In many homes, the materials that are used can have adverse effects on the surrounding environment. In an effort to lessen these effects, builders are beginning to research and use materials that are renewable and are from a healthier source. This is not just an issue that affects the environment but one that directly impacts the homeowners as well. Some of 2021’s most popular sustainable building materials to date are bamboo floors, solar panels, and eco-friendly insulation. There will undoubtedly continue to be new sustainable materials introduced to the market as the industry as a whole strives to be more environmentally friendly.
Green Energy and Energy Efficiency
Green, renewable energy relies heavily on a property’s architectural design. Solar, hydro, and wind energy are being heavily researched to see how they can contribute to a home’s design and create a more sustainable living space. These efforts are also going to make an eventual impact on the living costs of many. Energy efficiency, while designed to be sustainable, is also designed to help homeowners save money in the long run by saving power. These efforts can help greatly with reducing monthly bills and reducing energy consumption when it is not being used.
Stormwater management is still a new concept to many, though it has numerous benefits. This concept is the attempt to reduce runoff rainwater or melted snow into streets, lawns, and more. This sort of water can often carry harmful bacteria and other pollutants. Stormwater management is meant to capture and reuse stormwater in a helpful manner. In-home design especially, stormwater management might look like having a landscape with filtration or some sort of porous pavement. This helps prevent flooding and gives homeowners the opportunity to reuse this water for watering their lawn or another need.