'Green' homes are trending in the luxury residential market… Sustainable luxurious living and forward-thinking design will be the way of the future in luxury real estate.
Eco-friendly upscale properties are tremendously popular among today’s high-end homebuyers. Their green grandeur is making an exceptional impact on luxury real estate, by exhibiting a harmonious blend of sustainable living and opulent style.
Ákos Nemcsics - Óbuda University – Budapest Hungary
“It is a hard task to give a definition to environmental harmony, but it is easy to describe about its phenomena. We define as a harmonious environment, where we feel good ourselves. The harmonious environmental is related with the ecological built environment”.
Aside from being grand and gorgeous, the construction of green homes must be in harmony with the environment. Their designs must include features that save energy and water including rainwater collection (for irrigation), solar panels and geothermal systems. Geothermal heating and cooling elegantly harnesses the forces of nature to provide optimal indoor conditions at any time of year. By combining this cutting-edge technology and luxurious design it allows homeowners to make the most luxurious home’s environmental footprint relatively small, even as its design makes a big aesthetic impact.
Sustainable & Locally Sourced
They must also include sustainable and locally sourced materials. This practice is not at all new: before international shipping, “locally sourced” was simply the method all builders used to construct houses as they chose depending on which resources were abundant in a particular region. To reduce the carbon footprint of today’s construction practices, architects and contractors are seeking local solutions to new design challenges.
Lighting is experiencing a radical change once again thanks to advances in LED technology. LED bulbs are vastly more energy efficient than the filament bulbs of the 20th century, which means the carbon footprint of a home can be greatly reduced without switching off the lights. The Dutch multinational corporation Philips, founded in 1891 is now a global leader in LED lighting, even producing LED-powered luminous textiles called Kvadrat Soft Cells that can add an atmospheric glow to any interior without the need for a single fixture.
In the industry, LEED certification has become a byword for eco-friendly construction practices. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a green building certification program from the U.S. Green Building Council that recognizes a project's efficiency standards. More than 150,000 homes around the world are LEED-certified, a number that more than doubled between 2011 and 2013 according to a recent report by the Council. This figure is expected to increase steadily.
No matter the environment you choose to build in, eco-friendly building practices, materials and design together make for a beautiful, healthy and long lasting home, to share with generations to come.