Energy Efficiency And U.S Housing : Making The Green Shift

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The central issue on this this blog is about perceptions when it comes to how we live, what we build, and what is ultimately important to the direction our civilization is taking where the natural world is concerned. This is especially true when it comes to doing the smartest things possible when it comes to the basics in the 21st century – food, water, our cities, and (of course) our homes.

But, has our culture engaged with the paradigm shift that we’re seeing all across the board? Have our cultural views changed when it comes to what we as homeowners expect of the homes we live in? Have we made the shift from 20th century expectations, to those of the 21st?

Take a look at this infographic that outlines something of a history of better buildings from 2008 to the present. It outlines our expectations of energy efficiency, and our expectations as homeowners (or at least aspiring homeowners) as to the features we envision as being a part of our dream homes.

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From the graphic, it does seem that energy efficiency is important to both governments and to consumers.  This is significant, just because the idea of energy efficiency and and the basics of green lifestyles were not so mainstream even at the beginning of the 21st century.

I suspect that most of the shift has been due to the recession, which has forced companies and individuals to seek ways to reduce costs. Yet, this has been the seed to growing knowledge about those costs, and a greater sense of intelligence as to where best to invest our construction and real estate dollars. The conclusion is becoming more and more apparent that green building, energy efficiency, and more conservative ( in the original sense of the word of course) consumption practices are not just the ravings of a fringe group of tree-huggers.

If people have been raving, it’s because green building and energy efficiency had yet to be recognized as principles of better business, and smarter spending by the mainstream. That these ideas are now moving more and more into the mainstream is merely a part of an educational process. Pretty soon, perhaps term “green building” will become quaint, when we as a culture no longer separate eco-friendly practices from what we consider to be the status quo.



Thanks to the people at who put this graphic together.


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Rob Jones

Rob served as Editor-In-Chief of BuildDirect Blog: Life At Home from 2007-2016. He is a writer, Dad, content strategist, and music fan.