Homeowners seeking to save on energy costs are turning to energy management systems and other sustainable design elements to help reduce the burden of utility bills driven higher by soaring energy prices. So says the second quarter 2008 Home Design Trends Survey conducted by the American Institute if Architects (AIA).
For example, 88% of respondents said tank-less water heaters are growing in popularity, 66% said water saving devices were becoming more popular and 48% said there is rising interest in geothermal heating and cooling among homeowners. Interest in similar products for energy efficiency, "green flooring" and the use of recycled materials also are on the rise.
"There is strong demand for green home design features and products like solar panels, geothermal heating and cooling, and water reclamation systems," said Kermit Baker, chief economist for the AIA. "As there is more focus on making homes more energy-efficient, there is less emphasis on investing in special function rooms such as home offices and game rooms."