Traditional homes are giving place to a new eco-friendly living and thinking. With that comes materials we didn’t think would be possible! Savvy eco-friendly buyers are willing to pay more for a high-efficient, toxin-free home that will be better for the environment and provide savings in the long run. It’s not just about solar panels for your roof, it’s also the materials used to make the interior of your home eco-friendly. With all these long-term benefits, eco-friendly living and sustainable interior designs are on a rise.
What are Eco-friendly Living designs?
The new green interior designs that are growing in demand consist of:
- Paints made from mineral pigments, clay or milk casein-based materials.
- Cushions and pillows made by recycled fiberfill.
- Grass, paper, natural fabric or bamboo window treatments.
These are all green materials that more and more consumers are demanding when they are buying or remodel their homes due to the demand for lower energy bills as well as the desire for a healthier lifestyle.
Sustainable interior design continues to be a key pulse of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). After all, everything from our overhead lighting to flooring represents a design decision and as most of us spend a majority of our time indoors, these decisions matter – and can have profound effects on our health and the environment. In a published interview by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), Randy Fiser, Executive Vice President, and CEO of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), discusses the impact of healthy, sustainable interior design. He describes “one of the most important aspects of sustainability is health – health of the indoor environment, of the occupants, of the materials, that promote good indoor air quality, are toxin-free and are water/energy-efficient.” With this demand of green interiors rising, installing energy-efficient faucets and toilets can collectively save over 60 billions of gallons of water annually in the U.S. only!
With these new eco-friendly living trends, new home buyers are leaning towards purchasing smart homes with energy-efficient products which will help save our future planet and the health of all mankind on earth.
Is your home eco-friendly?