Home Builders and Remodelers Are Greener Than Ever

Eco-friendly building practices are on the rise—in Denver and other cities. Photo: J Wasson

Eco-friendly building practices are on the rise—in Denver and other cities. Photo: J Wasson

According to a recent report released by McGraw-Hill, 33% of home builders are committed to going green by 2016. Similarly, 34% of home remodelers have claimed that they plan to implement eco-friendly practices by 2016.

Just last year, only 17% of home builders and 15% of home remodelers expressed interest in developing strategies to increase the energy efficiency and decrease the carbon footprint of homes.

The findings detailed in the McGraw-Hill report indicate that we can expect homes to become significantly greener over the next few years. This will reduce individual homeowner’s energy costs and reduce the overall environmental impact of homes, which is certainly good news.

Additionally, we can expect that the dedication of home builders and remodelers to green practices will increase the amount of available green jobs and maybe even help reduce unemployment and bolster the housing market. However, all of this is speculation.

We do know that those in the construction industry have witnessed a boost in consumer interest in green building and construction practices.

And, according to another McGraw-Hill report, around 50% of all workers in the construction industries are expected to hold what can be classified as “green jobs” by 2015.

The same report specified that only 35% of those in the construction industry currently hold green jobs. A job is considered green when it involves practices that reduce non-sustainable energy consumption and the overall environmental impact of a building.

These McGraw-Hill reports will likely inspire the hope of those who have committed their lives to creating a more environmentally sustainable future. We’ll just have to see if home builders and remodelers stick to their promise to be green by 2016.

Ryan Frosh

Guest Writer

Blue Planet Green Living (Home Page)

Ryan writes on the subjects of real estate trends, eco-friendly building, and interior design.