There’s something about the beginning of a year that makes the fortune tellers come out in droves. But I guess it’s fun to ponder and pontificate about the future — to string data together to predict what will happen in the next 365 days. Buildipedia took a shot at identifying green home trends for 2012, and here are the five that they list:
#1: Renovation Nation – with home construction still on the decline, it makes sense to renovate what you already have.
#2: Smaller Footprints – if building new, less square footage translates into materials and labor savings, not to mention cost savings based on heating and cooling a smaller space.
#3: Net Zero – not just generating as much energy in a year as is consumed but net-zero water could become a topic of conversation next year with droughts.
#4: Energy Monitoring Systems – with prices going down, it could be a good time to examine real-time energy data on your iPhone, iPad, or computer.
#5: Residential LEDs – technology has come a long way with better pricing, more output, and warmer light colors.
We’ll share a few other perspectives, but what do you think we’ll see in 2012?