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Continued Homeowner Preference for Energy-efficient Systems

Postby Kevin » Wed Sep 19, 2012 12:46 pm

Continued Homeowner Preference for Energy-efficient and Low Maintenance Products and Systems
Best business conditions for residential market since 2007

AIA Press Release -

Washington, D.C. – September 19, 2012 – As the housing market continues to improve, investments within the home have remained focused on increasing energy efficiency, designing outdoor living environments and adding wireless communications systems as home offices remain the most popular special function room. These findings are from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Home Design Trends Survey for the second quarter of 2012 that focused on emerging home features: systems, technologies and function rooms in the home:

“We are far removed from the days when there was strong demand for home theaters and saunas,” said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA. “Instead, the last several years have seen consumer priorities based more on practicality, ease, and affordability over luxury.”

AIA Home Design Trends Survey Highlights


Housing Market Business Conditions

AIA Home Design Survey Index for Q2 2012 (any score above 50 is positive)

- Billings: 53
- Inquiries for new projects: 53

Baker noted, “Led by a robust remodeling market this is the first time there has been consecutive quarters of increasing demand for design services for residential architects since 2007. We haven’t entered an across-the-board recovery phase, but all other housing building sectors have improved remarkably so far this year.”


About the AIA Home Design Trends Survey
The AIA Home Design Trend Survey is conducted quarterly with a panel of over 500 architecture firms that concentrate their practice in the residential sector. Residential architects are design leaders in shaping how homes function, look, and integrate into communities and this survey helps to identify emerging trends in the housing marketplace. Business conditions are also monitored on a quarterly basis. Future surveys will focus on community design trends (December 2012), and kitchen and bath trends (March 2013).
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