Energy Efficiency is Critical in Home Design

The housing market is “starting to gain traction,” according to AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, although people aren’t rushing to add home theaters and the like.

Rather, “home features and products attracting attention are generally focused on energy efficiency or accessibility around the home, as well as wireless systems and low-maintenance, sustainable products,” per Mr. Baker based on findings from the AIA’s Home Design Trends Survey in the second quarter of 2012.

  • 66% of respondents report the popularity of adding insulation in the attic
  • 52% of respondents report the popularity of energy management systems
  • Popularity continues to increase for solar panels, geothermal heating and cooling, water reclamation systems, triple-glazed windows, tankless water heaters, water-saving devices, and recycled or salvaged materials.

[+] More of the Results of the AIA Home Design Trends Survey.


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