College - Author 1

College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Department - Author 1

Construction Management Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Construction Management



Primary Advisor/Subject Matter Expert (SME)

Eric Brinkman, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Construction Management Department


Recently, sustainability has become extremely popular in construction, and in particular residential construction. Regulations for sustainable construction have increased over the years and have begun to increase in popularity amongst homeowners. This report dives further into the importance of sustainability in residential construction, in particular working with homeowners to identify the best methods of increasing sustainability in their homes. Currently, little information has been published regarding homeowners’ perspectives on sustainability and the types of features they would be likely to incorporate into their homes that are not mandated by codes. This report serves to provide information to both the construction industry as well as real estate agents on the top 5 sustainable features homeowners want to incorporate into their homes. From the 4 conducted interviews of real estate agents, we were able to understand their perspective on homeowner’s knowledge and desire about sustainable elements in their homes. Using that information and creating a survey for homeowners we found homeowners actual knowledge, what they look for in a home and finally the top 5 sustainable features they would be most likely to incorporate into their homes. These features were smart meters, solar panels, drip irrigation systems, energy star appliances and high-performance windows.

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