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The 100-year Home, Home Innovations & Sustainability

The use of sustainable materials and innovation in real estate is becoming increasingly important as we strive towards a more environmentally-conscious future. This blog talks about the concept of the 100-year home, a home that can last for a century and survive the disruptions and dislocations that come with climate change. 

The report this is based on is divided into three sections: generate, save, and secure. These 3 focuses on the role homes can play in addressing important challenges society is facing. We’ve highlighted 3 examples from each of the section below. Scroll down to learn more!

Midsummer's solar tiles, which can be applied as a full roof renovation or retrofit to tiles. Photography courtesy Midsummer

GENERATE: Invisible solar roof tiles

Solar power is a rapidly growing source of renewable energy. It is unique in that it can be adopted at the domestic level. Data suggests that the residential sector accounts for 28% of new solar capacity added in 2021. 

Midsummer, a Swedish solar technology company, is making solar panels more aesthetically pleasing for homeowners. The company designs tiles to have hidden cables, making them look like traditional roof tiles. Additionally, the Midsummer Wave tiles have a 90% lower carbon footprint than traditional solar panels and are manufactured in a sustainable process. 

Aesthetics are an important factor in the adoption of solar power with 40% of respondents in a survey considers it as the most important factor when deciding between different types of solar panel.

Popcorn insulation from the University of Göttingen in Germany Photography courtesy Karl Bachl GmbH

SAVE: Water-repellent building insulation made from popcorn

Scientists from the University of Göttingen in Germany have created an exterior building insulation material using granulated popcorn. This popcorn-based insulation is equivalent in quality to commonly used petroleum-based versions. But more importantly, it is efficient, water-repellent, and provides good protection from fire. The insulation helps reduce thermal waste and carbon emissions. As a result, it provides the home a sustainable alternative to traditional insulation. 

Electrolux's GRO modular kitchen employs AI to track cooking habits and encourages more sustainable solutions. Photography courtesy Electrolux

SECURE: Swedish appliance company designs new sustainable kitchens

Swedish appliance company Electrolux has launched GRO, a new smart kitchen range designed to encourage sustainable and healthy cooking. GRO is composed of modular compartments that can be adapted to any home. You can easily create an infinite personalized combinations. The range includes a grain and pulse library, a Nordic smoker, and a GRO Coach. It also features a smart cooking companion that tracks eating habits and helps make more sustainable choices. Electrolux aims to help individuals personalize and adapt their cooking towards a less wasteful, healthier, and more purposeful eating experience.

The idea of the 100-Year home is an exciting development in sustainable architecture and design. Creating homes that are not only environmentally friendly, but also built to last for generations is a significant step towards reducing our carbon footprint. But more importantly, a huge step in creating a sustainable future. 

With advancements in materials, construction techniques, and technology, it’s now possible to create beautiful and functional homes while also being environmentally conscious. The 100-Year Home is a positive step towards a brighter, more sustainable future.

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The Beacon Group is a client-driven real estate team working in Greater Boston to help clients buy, sell, and invest in real estate. We provide straightforward, analytical advice, empowering clients to make successful and informed decisions. We provide our buying clients with constructive insights, allowing them to identify the right property and enabling them to make purchase decisions with confidence. Our recommendations to both buyers and sellers are specifically crafted to meet clients’ short and long-term housing and financial goals.

Book an appointment with us. Reach out now for more info! Call or text Stephanie at (617) 765-9641

The Beacon Group is a client-driven real estate team working in Greater Boston to help clients buy, sell, and invest in real estate. We provide straightforward, analytical advice, empowering clients to make successful and informed decisions. We provide our buying clients with constructive insights, allowing them to identify the right property and enabling them to make purchase decisions with confidence. Our recommendations to both buyers and sellers are specifically crafted to meet clients’ short and long-term housing and financial goals.

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