Environment-Friendly Multifamily Construction Trends for 2017
More homeowners and multifamily property owners today have the environment in mind when considering making improvements or investing in their properties. Fortunately, there are some environmentally-friendly construction trends to keep in mind in 2017 as you plan your next project with a multifamily construction company in Dallas, TX, many of which offer the potential for long-term value and added savings.
Passive Home Construction
While eco-friendly renovations are still as appealing as ever, a fairly new trend gaining popularity in 2017 is a passive approach to a property’s design. Simply put, it means making every aspect of a home as energy efficient as possible. The Passive House Institute estimates that such efforts could lead to energy savings of nearly 90 percent.
Increased Access to Natural Lighting
Kitchen and bathroom renovations, in particular, present a great opportunity to explore ways to add more natural lighting to frequently used spaces. Natural lighting is a trend that can also be embraced by considering skylights and opting for larger windows. Increasing access to natural lighting benefits multi-family property owners by:
- Making smaller rooms more appealing to tenants ( rooms with sunlight often feel larger)
- Emphasizing the potential for reduced utility bills
- Creating environments likely to allow tenants to be happier and more productive( two noted benefits of increased exposure to natural light)
Water Conservation Features
Given the warmer temperatures that tend to be experienced in Dallas, TX, in the summer, it’s easy to see the potential benefits of water conservation features. It’s just as convenient to take advantage of such features since many trusted manufacturers offer products that that include environmentally-friendly designs or materials. Low-flow toilets, for example, can reduce gallons of water used per flush to as little as one-and-a-half gallons per flush.
Energy Efficient Roofing Materials
Solar roof shingles and panels have been around for years, but the cost for such materials is significantly lower now, adding to the appeal for multi-family property owners. Even standard roofing shingles are designed to be more durable than the same products made a decade ago. Better roofing materials also boost the efficiency of home cooling and heating methods.
The materials used during your next project can make a big difference on the environmentally-friendly results you may enjoy. Bamboo, in particular, is incredibly eco-friendly. It’s an increasingly popular choice for cabinets and countertops in kitchens and bathrooms. If bamboo isn’t an appropriate material for your project, some other green materials worth considering include:
- Reclaimed Lumber
- Recycled metal
- Recycled Plastic
- Dimension stone, a natural building material that’s sometimes preferable to metal
- Sheep’s wool as an insulation material (also has better insulation properties)
Incorporating some of these trends in renovation or improvement projects also allows multifamily property owners to attract tenants who prefer green features and the related energy savings. J National is a fully insured and licensed multifamily construction company in Dallas, TX, that takes pride in offering long-term value to multifamily property owners by staying on top of construction trends, something we have been doing for our clients for more than 17 years. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.