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Worldwide Sustainable Trends for a Family Home in 2020

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 In The Home

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 For The Family Home

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

Keeping in line with the focus on conserving energy, home insulation is gaining more recognition, too. A HomeServe feature on cavity wall insulation notes that it can maintain the temperature in your home more efficiently, which means that your central heating and cooling systems won’t have to work so hard. You’ll be using less electricity in the process — thereby saving a lot of money on utilities.

Professor’s House even lists eco-friendly materials that are now being used to insulate homes, which include hemp, soy beans, and recycled cotton. This way, not only are you improving your home’s energy efficiency when it comes to heating and cooling, but you are also using sustainable materials in the process.

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.