Demand for Energy-Efficient Products Rising

by bkrigbaum@solagroup.com


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Washington, DC — January 2009 —In light of the
downturn in the housing market and overall economy, homeowners are still adding
energy-efficient options and low-maintenance products, while showing a lessened
interest in special features such as home theaters and guest wings.

 

That’s one of several findings in
the latest in a quarterly series of “Home Design Trends Surveys” conducted by
the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

 

“There has been a decrease in
popularity for certain energy-efficient products or systems, but overall they
continue to be in demand from homeowners,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit
Baker.

 

The Washington, DC-based AIA
cited a rise in popularity for such products as tankless water heaters,
water-saving plumbing products and “green” flooring, as well as systems and
technologies aimed at energy management, water reclamation and air
purification.

 

On the flip side, according to
Baker, current economic conditions have also resulted in a significant drop in
the investment by consumers in home offices and home theaters, guest or
children’s wings, au pair/in-law suites, mudrooms and other specialty
features.

 

AIA’s Home Design Trends Surveys
are conducted quarterly among a panel of more than 500 architecture firms that
concentrate their practice in the residential sector, according to the trade
association.

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