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The new decade brings with it new design trends and ideas, many of which will be focused on sustainability.

That will manifest itself in all aspects of everyday life; the cars we drive, the clothes we wear and how we build and renovate our homes. Across the world, countries are coming up with new ideas and installations that turn the family home into a more sustainable and environmentally friendly habitat.

We can see evidence of this seeping into the US already, with several design and build trends being used here after debuting abroad. From sustainable materials to appliances and smart technology, the modern family home will always have a focus on its wider impact.

We have already examined interior design developments with our article entitled ‘2020 Interior Trends’, but we’re now going one further. Here is our look at a handful of sustainable trends from across the world that are likely to be implemented in the US through 2020.

Smart Technology

Archi Expo reports that certain smart technology advances can help to render homes more eco-friendly by minimizing energy consumption and conserving water. This can be in the form of smart showers that look to use less water and are energy efficient.

Such technology is improving all the time and in Asia, they even have such appliances as over toilet sinks, which use the same water you wash your hands with to flush their smart toilets. For a large family home, both the cost-saving, and the energy-saving could be significant.

Solar Panels

Solar energy has been around for a while, but in 2020 it’s likely to get a huge push. Tech Crunch even reveals that Generate Capital raised $1 billion for renewable energy infrastructure, making it much more accessible and easier to implement into your home.

It’s perfect for a family home too; there is a significant cost saving when generating your own energy. China currently leads the way in solar usage across the globe, but the US is second and developing rapidly.

Ground Source Heat Pumps

How we heat the home is another aspect that can severely impact how sustainable our home is. Ground Source Heat Pumps (GSHP) are popular across Europe, particularly in Sweden. About 20% of buildings in Sweden use GSHP, with the technology finding its way across the globe.

Cooler climates need efficient methods of heating the home, with UK company HomeServe detailing just how crucial central heating can be especially in colder places like England, where their homes need to be more sustainable. This is applicable in Northern America too and taking heat straight from the ground is an innovative and sustainable way to meet that need. Like any technology though, these installations are complicated and should be installed correctly and insured to prevent surprise costs to the family budget.

Sustainable Materials

New builds are perhaps the homes that benefit most from the focus on sustainability; materials from the foundations up can be plucked from eco-friendly sources. Inhabitat demonstrates some of the wonderful uses of bamboo in Asia, a fantastic material to use and very sustainable to boot.

Bamboo is a unique building material, having the compressive strength of concrete and the tensile strength of steel. Bamboo buildings are likely to become more common in the United States as the hunt for truly carbon-neutral construction materials increases.