Even before Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) introduced the Green New Deal resolution to Congress on February 7, the impending consequences of climate change and global warming has been a hot topic (no pun intended). While some may cover their ears and avert their gaze when it comes to things like carbon emissions, sustainable building and green energy, most of us want to know what we can do to live better and healthier while helping to keep our planet hospitable to human life.
This concern extends to residential development, and in turn, to community associations. Trends in green design continue to capture the collective imagination, whether they involve building materials, aesthetics, or big-picture ideas about sustainability and wellness.
Below, we spotlight some of the people, places and projects involved with the broader green residential movement, beginning with four design professionals from varying backgrounds we asked to weigh in on eco-friendly market trends:
Anica Landreneau, Director of Sustainable Design at global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm HOK, which has 24 locations worldwide, including New York
“One thing we’re seeing is that the focus isn’t exclusively on environmental footprint, but also on health and wellness. Healthy and resilient buildings, communities and neighborhoods also impact the environment. Anything that makes our neighborhoods more walkable and pedestrian-friendly, more bikeable, and more resilient to storm events makes them more healthy. Design that encourages people to opt for stairs over an elevator or offers more exposure to natural light can save energy while also impacting people’s well-being. And buyers are absolutely willing to pay a premium on a home they perceive as healthier.