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The Rise of Sustainable Housing: Understanding the History of Eco-Friendly Homes

by Dawn & Dennis Martin- The Martin Team 04/11/2021

Photo by Marce Garal from Pixabay

Eco-friendly homes may feel like a modern phenomenon, but the history of sustainable structures stretches further into the past than most people realize. In fact, in ancient times, nearly every residence or building was an environmentally friendly structure. Not because it was the trendy thing to do, but because it was the only option.

By understanding the history of eco homes and the lessons learned from the past, homeowners today can create a living space that allows them to minimize their impact on the environment.

Sustainable Housing in Ancient Times

For thousands of years, the people in ancient civilizations had no choice but to create sustainable dwellings. They made their homes out of natural, local materials, and they planned their lives accordingly so that they could survive with the resources that surrounded them. While sustainable housing was the first and only option available for generations, the industrial revolution quickly changed how people lived, worked and played. Societies that were once anchored by small villages and sprawling farms were now being condensed into bustling cities filled with factories, tenements and larger homes that drained excessive amounts of energy.

The 20th Century's Drain on Energy

The first half of the 20th century was not kind to natural, non-renewable energy sources. Every building that was created demanded more materials and more power to operate. Inefficient electrical systems were being used to power buildings that grew taller by the minute. Residents demanded homes that were made comfortable at all times and relied heavily on the use of heating and cooling systems. By the 1970s, it became clear that the human race could not continue on at its current pace of over-consumption.

The Modern Need for Eco-Friendly Homes

In the early 1970s, environmental activists sounded the alarms. They recognized that climate change was a real possibility, and that there needed to be an increase in sustainable efforts in order to curb the impact that people were having on the environment. At the same time, oil prices were climbing steadily in the 1970s and 1980s, which was a motivating factor for the average person to minimize their own energy consumption. During this time period, the modern concept of the eco home was born.

Eco Homes in the 21st Century

In the first two decades of the 21st century, eco-friendly homes went from being exclusive luxuries to the norm for many homeowners across the country. Today, people try to take both small and large steps to curb their energy dependence and reduce their impact on the environment. These are a few of the most common eco-friendly amenities that can be found in residential dwellings today:

  • Energy-efficient appliances.
  • Smart thermostats and other smart technology that helps automate the home.
  • Rainwater collection systems to maintain lawns and gardens.
  • Rock gardens versus grass lawns.
  • Living walls and roofs to generate energy.
  • Solar panels.
  • Energy-efficient windows.

From budget-conscious homeowners to those who invest in luxury real estate, nearly everyone in modern times recognizes the need for eco-friendly housing options. There are small steps that people can take to reduce their ecological footprint and large measures that they can employ to transform their lifestyle. No effort is too small when it comes to sustainability.

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Dawn & Dennis Martin- The Martin Team

A Winning Tradition Together, Dennis and Dawn Martin represent a winning tradition for home buyers and sellers throughout the Denver Metro area. Like the great Rocky Mountains themselves, this father and daughter business team continues to stand tall when it comes to providing the highest level of real estate service possible.  

Competitive, caring and fiercely committed to always going the extra mile on behalf of the people they serve, Dennis and Dawn view each client they serve as another member of there extended family. They believe great service stands the test of time, which is why they're always looking for new and better ways to improve on there already high standards.  

It's also why so much of their business comes from referrals and past clientele. Call them before your next move and put their winning traditions to work for you.  

A Fitting Partnership As native residents, Dennis and Dawn Martin are proud to be part of this rich heritage, Indeed, those who know them best will tell you they are yet another great Rocky Mountain tradition,  That's because this unique father and daughter business team have been making a positive difference in the lives of local residents throughout the Denver Metro area for several generations.  

The Martins like to refer to their service as "Hi Tech and Hi Touch. Dawn is the computer savvy entrepreneur who utilizes the very latest technology to streamline the home buying an selling process for clients,   Dennis the hands on consultant who pride himself on his extremely personal and caring service. For clients, however, it's really the best of both worlds, which is why so many people , including their kids and grandchildren, return to the Martins for all their real estate needs.  

So when you're ready to buy or sell your next home in the Denver Metro area, tap into another great Rocky Mountain tradition. Give Dennis and Dawn Martin a call. With over 50 years of local real estate experience between them they represent A Winning Tradition for home buyers and sellers alike