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What Your Home Will Look Like In 2015 — Fast Company

October 27, 2011  |  by John Heithaus

Our friends at Fast Company have posted a great article this week about the future of real estate and the National Association of HomeBuilders’ vision for new construction. Houses will be smaller, more energy efficient (duh!) and be much more “wired” that today. “Dual flush toilets, low-flow faucets, low-E windows, powerful insulation, and Energy Star home ratings will all grow in popularity. Solar systems may also become popular features, but wind and geothermal energy won’t be widespread–unsurprising since there are already so many cash-saving ways for homeowners to install solar systems, but not for other renewable energy sources” says the author.

The best part for me was the mention of self-cleaning countertops! 🙂

Read on for more here and let us know what you think about future home building in the MRIS market. 

 

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15 responses to “What Your Home Will Look Like In 2015 — Fast Company”

  1. Vivianne Rutkowski says:

    I am all for green energy; however, this kitchen is definitely NOT my cup of tea. No, thank you, I'll wait for 2020 – or just stay in my less *modern* home. 🙂

  2. Alton Echols says:

    2015 Homes? Green ,yes-Barrier-Free, Yes! yes! Air Quility,Yes! Remember, 10,000 Baby Boomers a day starting Jan. Ist, 2011, 3.65 million per year for twenty years -With less than 6 per cent having long term insurance, Aging At Home becomes more important, therefore universal designed homes become most desirable. Theme for the future in housing will be ” Green Accessible Living. Also, barrier-free homes are perfect for young children and working wifes.

  3. Janet says:

    Love it my kind of space

  4. Robin says:

    This is NOT what my house will look like, trust me. But if you want your house to look like this you don't have to wait until 2015, just go to IKEA.

  5. MRIS_CMO says:

    Great comments, everyone, thanks for weighing in. My take on this is it will take some huge jumps in energy costs to get a mass market of folks oriented in this direction. Just like high gas prices hurting SUV sales and spurring the use of public transportation. Oh, and I've never met a low-flow faucet I'd take home either! 🙂

  6. Jill says:

    I agree with Robin.

  7. Bob says:

    My house wont look like that….

  8. JOyce says:

    Looks great and easy entertaining for whole family.

  9. Jimmye Prescott says:

    It looks just plain uncomfortable. Guess I need more of an explanation on where all the "green" is happening in that photo. Some "green" ideas make sense and others are simply inane. I would prefer the maket place make its case for what consumers could participate in rather that the government forcing greenery on us.

  10. MRIS_CMO says:

    Sharon, great point about traditional home styles and buyer preferences over history. I think what may happen is the green innovations will be folded into the customs here rather than look too "West Coast". Thanks for posting! John

  11. Self cleaning counter tops to me would be no big deal. Now, self-cleaning floors, that would make life good. Home of the future just doesn't look and feeling welcoming.

  12. Vivianne Rutkowski says:

    Maryellen,
    I like your idea of self-cleaning FLOORS 🙂 🙂 🙂
    They claim they can make *self-cleaning* countertops, why not extend the idea to the floors …… 🙂

  13. Deanna says:

    Self cleaning floors…..Roomba 🙂 I want a huge vacuum hooked up to a huge hole in the wall. Anything not in it's place,,,,out it goes, I would just be afraid it would suck up one of my kids.

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