It is difficult to remember when a majority of the country felt that the green movement was a strange lifestyle carried out by groups of tree-hugging hippies. While the generational attention to the ecology and the world has finally taken hold, one key component of the green movement has been eco-friendly building trends. Eco-friendly home ideas and green building materials are now in hot demand as the green movement is picking up steam nationwide.
There are a variety of Federal government tax incentives available for businesses as well as homeowners that use green building materials and equipment. More states across the U.S. are adding their name to the incentive package offerings. Use of such items as geothermal heat pumps, biomass stoves, solar panels, solar water heaters, and making their homes energy efficient are some of the more popular green efforts.
Not only are eco-friendly building trends taking off within the residential markets but they are becoming a priority in commercial real estate as well. Studies have shown that building structures consume more energy than transportation and manufacturing combined. By using green building materials, that number can be dramatically reduced. Although the United States is lagging far behind its European counterparts, the U.S. is catching up.
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