Earth Advantage Institute, a nonprofit organization that works with builders and developers to bring the most energy efficient and sustainable green construction to the market is expecting green homes to be more increasingly affordable, energy efficient and smart in 2011. The non-profit Portland, Oregon based group organization has had certified more than 11,000 green homes recently.
Tom Breunig, from the Earth Advantage Institute said on its report, the organization believes that 2011 is a promising year for green homes and the green building industry.
First off, according to the report, this year’s green homes are expected to be airtight, which could make home heating device obsolete. Reducing a home’s air gaps is one of the easiest and best ways to reduce monthly energy cost and consumption.
Second, advances in the green appliance industry are going too well, and in the current rate, energy-efficient appliances for green homes such as microwaves, toasters and refrigerators should become reasonably priced enough for the majority of American homeowners, in 2011 and beyond.
Breunig also said that his group collects its yearly top 10 trends, which is based on discussions with developers, real estate brokers, architects, appraisers, builders, lenders and homeowners.
In 2011, Earth Advantage’s trends will include recycling of “greywater”—water from tubs and sinks, plus, smart water meters and appliances that monitors their own energy consumption.
Earth Advantage Institute’s last year’s trend was focused on water reduction or conservation and rightsizing of green homes, as well as for eco-friendly districts, where people could bike or walk to most services.