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Sustainable Home Design Trends

When it comes to custom home design, sustainability has become a major area of focus for homeowners and home builders alike. Modern custom homes are built with efficiency and sustainability in mind to minimize their impact on the environment. At Ridgepoint Homes, water usage, energy consumption, and building materials are all key areas of consideration when we construct a custom home. That is why our team has compiled a list of sustainable home design trends that minimize environmental impact without cutting down on comfort and livability.

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4 Trends in Sustainable Home Design

The following trends are the most popular methods of optimizing sustainability and minimizing the environmental impact for any home:

1. Bamboo Flooring

Sustainable design starts from the ground up. When it comes to sustainable, durable, and appealing flooring, bamboo is hard to beat. Bamboo is gently harvested and can regenerate in far less time compared to trees. This makes it more readily renewable than conventional flooring options like oak and maple. Bamboo is a timeless material that is available in a variety of styles and colours, making it suitable for nearly any design. In addition to its versatile appearance, bamboo is roughly three times harder than oak, making it a durable and long-lasting choice.

2. Solar Panels

When it comes to green and sustainable energy, solar panels have quickly become one of the most popular options. These devices convert sunlight into usable energy for your home, cutting down on your electricity bill while serving as a source of sustainable and renewable energy. In addition to their efficiency, solar panels are designed to be barely noticeable once they are installed. This means that you will not need to worry about reduced curb appeal.

3. Smart Devices and Appliances

Smart thermostats and other devices allow you to control your climate systems, lights, and other devices from nearly any location. This allows you to cut down on energy consumption while no one is home, saving you money while reducing environmental impact. In addition to smart technology, many modern appliances—ovens, refrigerators, washers, and dryers—are designed to use less power and water while delivering reliable performance. By using these devices, you are cutting down on energy and water consumption without sacrificing comfort or efficiency.

4. Optimized Lighting

Lighting represents one of the largest energy costs for homes regardless of size and location. To minimize these costs, consider a design that offers optimal natural light. This will minimize the use of lightbulbs during the day. In addition to design, ensure that every bulb in your home is converted to an LED bulb. These lights use 1/3 of the energy of standard fluorescent bulbs and last 80% longer, allowing you to cut costs while maintaining optimal light coverage.

To learn more about sustainable home designs, get in touch with the team at Ridgepoint Homes. We can be reached at 604-768-7664 or through our online contact form and will be happy to make your dream home a reality.