2019 will be the year for sustainable design. According to designer Ameen Ayoub of Ameen Ayoub Design Studio, more and more developers and clients are asking about sustainable design and looking for ways to incorporate sustainable features into projects. This includes everything from solar panels to electric charging stations, and the demand is expected to grow significantly in 2019.

“We are seeing clients ask for sustainable design more and more. Many clients have made the decision to install solar panels,” Ayoub, who has worked on sustainable projects across the country, including The Lofts at Cleveland Square, tells GlobeSt.com. “Currently, the codes are now requiring all new builds in residential houses to install solar panels. This was not the case just a year ago. We have installed solar panels and electric charging stations in many of our commercial office and multi-residential projects as well. We also have landscaped roofs on existing roofs which has helped with heat gain as well as capturing water for reuse.”

Automation is at the top of the list for emerging trends, and Ayoub expects automated mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems to be one of the major trends in automation this year. Those include companies like Savant or Lutron. “This has given clients the ability to control the building systems remotely as well as run diagnostics and troubleshoot any problems that arise,” explains Ayoub.

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on GlobeSt.com and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.

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