Owning a luxury home was once all about aesthetics, and creating an eye-catching living space with beautiful decor and a host of eye-catching features was our only concern when it came to making ours the abode of our dreams. to make.
But in 2023, we seem to be becoming more and more environmentally conscious, with the ongoing effects of climate change becoming increasingly apparent and prompting us to think more carefully about the choices we make that affect home design and decoration alike.
Sustainable home solutions can often come with hefty price tags, so it stands to reason that luxury property owners – who can generally afford them more easily than your average Joe – should be the ones leading the way when it comes to promoting a greener way of life.
And this year, it looks like we’re doing just that. Here are some of the latest ways we’re creating greener homes without compromising on the luxurious look and feel we love.
Harnessing the power of nature to meet indoor energy needs, geothermal pumps are becoming increasingly popular among luxury homeowners thanks to their environmentally friendly means of obtaining heat. They work by extracting heat from deep underground through pipes known as ‘loops’, which contain a solution that absorbs the heat and delivers it to the pump – and because underground temperatures remain constant throughout the year, it’s an effective solution regardless the season. Ultimately, heat pumps of this type enable high-end property owners to provide optimal conditions in their homes, while also reducing their carbon footprints – which in our eyes is a win-win.
Sustainable and locally sourced materials
Energy efficiency starts with the materials chosen to build a luxury home, but it’s not the only reason homeowners are making more sustainable choices. Choosing locally sourced materials means that carbon footprints are immediately cut dramatically, and options such as stone, wood and clay are also fully recyclable, meaning no waste goes to landfill once their lifespan is complete.
Lighting is a key consideration for luxury homeowners because it can have a dramatic impact on both the indoor and outdoor atmosphere. Choosing lights or lamps that are too loud can immediately detract from the opulent feeling you’re aiming to create, while dimmer mood lighting can do the complete opposite. LED lighting is considered the perfect solution when it comes to achieving a beautifully lit home while keeping the environmental impact to a minimum. Advances in LED technology have meant that light bulbs are now much more energy efficient than incandescent bulbs – and combined with the latest smart home applications, they can be controlled remotely and fully adjusted to create the perfect atmosphere, whatever the time of day or year. .
Green roofs and walls
Green roofs and walls are an emerging trend that breathes new life into luxury city homes in particular, supports nature and helps purify polluted air. It helps that they’re also incredibly aesthetically pleasing – and because they also absorb stormwater runoff and extend the life of a roof’s supporting structure, there are plenty of practical reasons to choose them too. Luxury homeowners in particular are wholeheartedly embracing living walls and roofs in 2023, and it’s easy to see why.
Smart home technology
For the wealthy homeowner, the latest smart home technology holds an obvious appeal – making it easier and more convenient to control heating, cooling, lighting and other functionalities in just a few clicks of a smart home app. But the benefits go far beyond just improving lifestyles, and WiFi-connected smart home systems are also designed to help make your home more energy efficient, so it’s no wonder a growing number of us are going all-in in 2023. Smart home systems can quickly learn your day-to-day patterns and create fully customized schedules to suit your needs – which include turning off heating and lighting when you leave a room or go to work, while also ensuring that everything set up to your liking upon your return. In doing so, they ensure that little to no energy is wasted, while allowing you to maintain the comfortable lifestyle you love – and what’s not to love?