New green energy trends forecast for 2013

Mon, 01/07/2013 - 15:23

Residential constructing experts and green energy researchers are predicting a positive year for the sustainability market. Smart Grid News reports that 2013 is ready to be a breakthrough year for the adoption of green technology in the residential construction sector.

The U.S. green building market is expected to grow exponentially. According to McGraw-Hill Construction's 2013 Dodge Construction Green Outlook report, the value of green building has increased from $10 billion in 2005 to $78 billion in 2011. Experts predict that the total green market value will be worth $85 billion in 2012, once the final figures are in. By 2013, green construction is expected to be worth between $98 billion and $106 billion. As the adoption of green technology in residential construction projects continues to grow, the installation of systems like radiant floor heating will rise.

The sustainable heating solution allows a homeowner to reduce the amount of energy required to heat a property. While Smart Grid News reports that base electricity prices are expected to stay relatively low, any possible reduction in utility expenses could help homeowners remain on budget and financially solvent.

Radiant floor heating requires less consistent boiler heat because of increased insulation and circulation of water through ground-level piping, which allows a boiler to turn off for longer periods of time.

In addition, the adoption of mobile-app controlled smart thermostats should allow efficient heating systems to better maintain property's temperatures for max comfort and cost-savings. Mobile applications will continue to dominate residential construction trends for developments that aim to increase the efficiency of each unit.