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Key Trends In New Home Construction

Key Trends In New Home Construction

Major homebuilding trends are being shaped by consumer preferences, sustainability concerns, and the latest technologies.


Builders are increasingly embracing green building certifications that demonstrate a commitment to green design & construction practices. Sustainable materials are becoming commonplace, such as bamboo flooring, recycled metal, and solar panels being integrated into new home designs.

Energy efficiency, once a selling point, is now mainstream, with homes being designed with improved insulation, advanced HVAC systems, LED lighting, and smart metering. Efficiency aids regulatory compliance and consumers wanting greener construction.

Latest Technology

 Smart homes are now common in new home construction. The internet of things (IoT) has higher adoption rates in new homes than existing homes. Younger homebuyers are driving this trend more than older homebuyers.

Construction robotics and 3D printing are practices where advanced technology changes the process of new home construction. More automated construction also eases the shortage in skilled tradespeople.

Consumer Preferences

Homeowners want more and more utility from their spaces. This leads to minimalist design and less distinction between areas of the home. Open floor plans allow for larger rooms and pleasant spaces that are multifunctional. Natural light through architectural considerations enhances ambiance, promotes wellness and energy conservation. Multi-purpose rooms and intelligent space utilization are increasing.

Prefabrication & Modular Construction

Prefab & modular construction practices lower costs, speed up on-site construction, and reduce on-site skilled labor requirements. Factory assembled components also reduce on-site waste, improve quality control, can reduce weather delays, and overall improve construction schedule predictability.

Location, Location, Location

It is not just the home, but also the neighborhood. Many homebuyers want appealing locations, including accessible neighborhoods, mass transit access, recreational amenities, and when possible, a like-minded community.

Regulatory Compliance

Changing building codes, energy efficiency requirements, and zoning laws impact construction timelines and costs. These regulatory issues also vary widely by location / jurisdiction.

Skilled Workforce Shortage

The aging workforce and decrease in young people interested in skilled trades is a growing challenge in the construction industry. These challenges will push construction to greater automation, off-site construction of major components, and components with simplified installation processes that require less on-site labor.

More information on these trends is available here.



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David Shiller
David Shiller is the Publisher of LightNOW, and President of Lighting Solution Development, a North American consulting firm providing business development services to advanced lighting manufacturers. The ALA awarded David the Pillar of the Industry Award. David has co-chaired ALA’s Engineering Committee since 2010. David established MaxLite’s OEM component sales into a multi-million dollar division. He invented GU24 lamps while leading ENERGY STAR lighting programs for the US EPA. David has been published in leading lighting publications, including LD+A, enLIGHTenment Magazine, LEDs Magazine, and more.


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