COVID19 and Sustainability Are Changing the Home Industry

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The Covid pandemic shook a lot of industries, including the construction industry. In our world today, sustainable home building isn’t a choice; it’s a trend. Just as the number of environmentally-friendly green products and innovations is growing, so is the future of the home industry. Here’s how:

Affordable Homes

When the pandemic hit the globe, one thing came to light, the shortage of affordable housing. Many people could not afford to build, buy, or rent homes due to their high pricing. This then led to a revision of sustainable and affordable housing.

COVID-19 created new opportunities for developers. It expanded financing for affordable housing, provided more Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), and increased communication with tenants.

The policy also prioritizes workforce housing and tenant well-being. However, COVID-19 is not the solution to the problem of affordable housing. The current climate is unsustainable for housing construction, and it has pushed the price of affordable units higher.

Increase in the Installation of Solar and Wind Powered Energy

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) recently released the results of their biennial survey for the 2021 AIA House Call Report consumer preferences and a recent paradigm shift towards green-powered energy.

The solar panel industry is growing at an impressive rate, with an average annual growth rate of 42%. The rising demand for clean electricity is helping the solar industry grow at a fast rate. By 2021, solar panels were estimated to generate 100 gigawatts of power, enough to power 18.9 million homes.

By 2025, the industry will support two million jobs, roughly equivalent to all the jobs in the U.S. economy combined. While solar panels are still the best option for homeowners, wind turbines are also attractive.

Small wind turbines are expensive and require a lot of maintenance, and they are too costly to be a practical choice for most homes. In off-grid areas, however, wind power can be an excellent solution, and it is more convenient and reliable than solar panels and can provide clean, reliable electricity for decades.

Using Sustainable Building Materials

As technology advances, sustainable materials are becoming more affordable and readily available such as rigid insulation foam made from hemp, bamboo, or kelp.

When building a house, using sustainable materials can reduce your impact on the environment. One way is through metal roofing. Several advantages of metal roofing have made it the preferred choice of many homeowners and building owners.

According to Cenvar Roofing, opting for a metal roof replacement is “growing in popularity” due to its aesthetic appeal and quality. Compared to other roofing materials, it has a much longer lifespan and does not need regular inspection or maintenance.

Another significant advantage is its high level of durability, and it can easily withstand the elements and is virtually unaffected by weather conditions. It also reflects solar radiation, keeping a building cool even during the hottest midday. Consequently, this type of roofing will reduce your energy bill.

Investment in Recycled Building Materials

The pandemic also caused the building industry to construct using recyclable materials. These included bricks made of plastic materials or walls built using hemp or recycled fabric.

Using recycled materials to build homes has several benefits.

For starters, it is far cheaper than buying new materials, and it helps reduce the carbon footprint of a home. Recycled material is often cheaper to purchase than new, and you’ll also be helping the environment in the process. These homes are an excellent example of environmentally conscious design. You can also save money by using these materials on construction projects.

Conclusion

Despite the devastation the recent pandemic has caused, there is a silver lining. There’s no question that sustainable building is more mainstream than it once was, and this is a positive development for the industry as a whole. In recent years, barriers to entry have been lowered by sustainable products that are less expensive and easier to use than ever before. At the same time, consumer demand has risen in tandem with higher awareness of sustainability issues. For both builders and buyers, the home-buying process will undoubtedly be better off because of this.

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