No I'm not talking about "Martian" home buyers. a "Green" customer is one who insists on a home that is environmentally friendly.
"Going Green" is no longer relegated to a small portion of the public. More and more people want to do their part in preserving the environment and the best place to start is their homes.
Smart water toilets, aerated faucets, energy saving appliances, special insulation and fluorescent light bulbs are not enough for some consumers. The new GREEN consumer wants homes that are sustainable in their construction and will pay the price for it, so it's important that we stay informed on the new trends in environmentally friendly homes.
There are new trends being used in EF construction and we should stay on top of them.
These skylights, doors and windows allow natural light to come through while blocking harmful UV Rays. This lessens the need for air-conditioning because it lessens the radiant heat from the sun while still allowing people to enjoy a sun-filled room. It will also stop the fading of furniture, carpets and drapes from constant sunlight.
There are many companies manufacturing PLASTIC LUMBER made from recycled materials. Because of it's resistance to insects, weather, rot and rust it is a good alternative in construction of exterior projects.
FIBER CEMENT SIDING
Made from wood waste products or small, fast growing trees this siding has a life expectancy of 50 years and boast a very good fire rating in comparison to other types of siding.
Induction cook-tops release their energy directly to the pots or pans when placed on them. This cuts out the radiant heat from open flames or burners and protect children and pets from getting burned.
LED (Light Emitting Diodes) have moved from electronics to the living-room. They contain no ozone-destroying gases or chemicals like compact fluorescent or incandescent and use a fraction of the energy.
There are so many new trends that the engineer in me could go on and on and bore you to death but I decided to mention some of the options for areas that a lot of home-buyers will do improvements on. There are also many new improvements in roofing and water-heating and collection.
These features are not only environmentally friendly but pay for themselves in energy savings. So when looking at a house that is energy saving and environmentally friendly remember the cost of these improvements are pricey but will save the owners in utility bills as well as the environment.