As of lately, people’s concern with environmental matters has grown exponentially. And major industries have started to adapt to this new trend, making their products and services meet the general market demand. And so, construction companies and auxiliaries have changed completely the way they operate. The construction industry today is one of those industries that have undergone some radical changes over the past few years. Today, it’s no longer enough to make some minor changes around a house and call it eco-friendly. You have to work on structural matters too. Today, everything needs to change to meet the new environmental requirements of eco-friendly homes. Keep reading below to find out which construction trends will be hot in 2020.

Resilience

As of lately, we started to notice climate changes more severely. Natural disasters and extreme weather phenomenon have become more common than they were in the past. Because of this reason, our homes must also become more resilient to stand these events more successfully. Because in the future, these events are only due to increase in frequency, building stronger homes is mandatory.

Today, homes that can withstand these changes and events have become the mainstream. Today, the quality standards have increased, and more durable construction materials have been designed.

But the resilience standard isn’t the only one that has been consolidated. Companies in the industry aim to introduce to the wide audience non-toxic materials. In the same context of extreme weather changes and natural disasters, toxic materials are very likely to reach water streams and boost pollution rates in the soil and water.

Energy efficiency

Boosting energy efficiency is another feature that construction materials manufacturers want to introduce to the wide audience. But sadly, this goes beyond investing in Energy-Star rated appliances. Although appliances do make a big difference, the way your house preserves energy plays a bigger role. For the environmentally-concerned ones out there, we have some bad news: buildings and houses account for up to 70% of the global energy use, and naturally, for the CO2 emissions registered globally.

Super insulating materials for walls, recycled construction materials, like the ones we see at Sheerness tip facilities all over the UK, and insulating doors and windows are things most contractors today look into. Besides, the installation of renewable energy sources has also become a norm in households all over the world. Solar panels, skylights and big windows are also elements construction companies have started to integrate with the design of new households, to reduce energy consumption rates.

Biophilic design

Bringing people closer to nature once again is one of the biggest trends we will witness in 2020. And to manage this, architects, together with construction companies have come up with the Biophilic home design. This new concept aims to bring humans and nature closer once again. This can benefit more than the environment. According to professionals, we are both physically and psychologically connected to nature. As we distanced ourselves from it during the past centuries, becoming more connected to it once again can benefit from changing the pools of light and shadow in buildings throughout the day. And constructors have come up with buildings that follow the sun’s movement and capture light through an intricate use of movement, windows and patterns.

Innovation

In the following years, we will witness a wider adoption of innovative materials and manufacturing technologies. Because our homes need to become more resilient, safer and more energy-efficient, we major players in deciding industries must come up with new solutions that allow higher adaptability levels, aided by flexible and innovative technologies. Today, thanks to recent technological advancements, electricity can be used all over a home and the necessary applications within. This contributes to lowering energy consumption rates tremendously, turning households into more energy-efficient ones. In all-electric homes, there are numerous ways in which energy can be saved and reused with high rates of success.

A major role is played by home automation and connectivity. Today, connecting to our homes has become a breeze, and this is due to only improve in the following years. The Internet of Things allows us to connect to and interact with our homes easier. This also helps us control our homes easier. For instance, today homeowners can control remotely when they want to start their central heating so energy is used in the most efficient way when they want to stop it and so on. This can also be applied to lighting solutions. In this context, homeowners don’t have to worry about ever forgetting to switch off their light or appliances.

Healthy homes

All homes should be healthy and this isn’t debatable. If your home structure is toxic, this is basically unattainable. By simply turning homes into eco-friendly alternatives, constructors can contribute to creating a future generation of healthier homeowners, both physically and mentally.

To use eco-friendliness to boost health levels, you have to also boost how much natural light the homeowner enjoys.

Sustainable landscaping

Sustainable landscaping is another huge trend we will see more frequently integrated with modern homes. As of lately, the energy-efficiency and eco-friendliness features of a home expand to the outdoors too. Trying to bring low-maintenance, native plants to homeowners’ gardens. This will not only decrease the maintenance needed to keep these plants in perfect shape, but it will also help homeowners save plenty of money while doing it.

Drought-resistant plants are more likely to help people lower their water consumption and pest-resistant plants will help homeowners reduce the pollution levels significantly. Since these plants are not very likely to demand high levels of harmful chemical use, they are a friendlier alternative.

Besides, many landscapers have started to use recycled construction materials to create various design and architectural elements. Instead of ending up in landfills, these waste construction materials are used to beautify people’s gardens now more than ever.