Building design for 2020 is all about sustainability; a commitment to sustainable development and architecture.

As a people we have become more conscious of environmental concerns – the one-use plastic bag ban, the rise in recycling centres, and re-use becoming a common practice.

The building industry is following suit. More and more homeowners are becoming concerned with where their building materials come from and their impact on the environment.

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Buildings are increasingly designed around principles of self-sufficiency as new home builders strive to reduce their long-term energy use and energy costs.

As part of the push towards sustainable design, recycled and vintage building materials are becoming highly sought after. The off-shoot of this is the aesthetics they bring – think natural, raw, industrial.

Pre-used building materials are on the rise. Grand old buildings are being carefully deconstructed and the quality materials they were often made of are being re-used.

One area where reclaimed materials are really taking off is flooring. Hardwood floors are long-lasting, making re-use a really viable and eco-friendly option. Using recycled metal is also a practical way to save resources.

Sourcing materials from as close to home as possible is also positively impacting the carbon footprint of buildings.

Solar power is becoming the primary energy source for many householders. Technological advances have made solar more economical and compact too.

Water conservation is rightly top of mind for homeowners. Along with the installation of rainwater tanks, buildings are being designed with water conservation in mind. Increasingly efficient water-conserving fixtures are being installed to reduce water consumption.

Smart homes are being designed with technology that controls when things turn on and off, and keeps track of exactly where and how much energy is used in the home. Timers, switches and sensors are used to determine when and how different automated systems should work, so energy is not used where it isn’t needed.

New homebuilders are becoming keen to spend more at the build stage in order to save money later. They like producing their own power, re-using rainwater, and reducing their energy bills. One things for sure, our corporate desire to reduce our footprint will have  a far-reaching impact on the environment.