January 26, 2010
The baby boom generation has always driven the housing market. From the sudden suburban explosion of the 1950’s and 60’s to the McMansion fad of the 1980’s, homebuilding trends reflect the needs and desires of boomers at every stage of their lives.
A recent survey conducted by the National Association of Home Builders showed that boomers requirements are changing again. According to builders around the country, 55+ Americans want a low maintenance, single story home they can live in for the rest of their lives. They prefer to live in the country, but want easy access to shopping and medical facilities and internet access is a must.
But energy efficiency is also high on the list. 94 percent of the builders surveyed said that their older buyers want green features in their new homes.
According to a WSL Strategic Retail Pulse Report, the greenest Americans are the oldest Americans. 85 percent of those over 55 try to conserve energy or use natural products, compared to only 65 percent under 35.
The generation that brought us Whole Foods, Soy Silk, Celestial Seasonings and Starbucks is once again leading the way toward developing more environmentally conscious communities and lifestyles.
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