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Baby Boomers Demand Eco-Friendly Living

Eco-Friendly Living

Digested from “Green Senior Living” in Yardi Blog  (6/14/2016) by Cutright, Elizabeth

While protesting in front of the White House for environmentally friendly policies is often the domain of younger people, “green living” is being taken over by seniors, thanks to an increased demand in sustainable retirement homes, according to the Balance Sheet.

Many retirement communities now boast up-to-date technologies to improve water and energy efficiency, including LED lighting and solar energy.

With these new, earth-friendly improvements, property owners are able to give residents beautiful rooms that are as soothing to the eco-conscience as they are to the eye.

This new shift is partly due to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Health Care certification program, which added assisted living communities and nursing homes in 2011. Retirement communities quickly followed suit.

As well as making the earth and residents happier, the changes are saving property owners money with lower energy costs and government funding for renovations.

With 20 percent of the population predicted to be 60 years or older by 2050, according to a 2014 census pool, experts say this modern trend will be the norm.

“In the next 20 years, these green communities will become the standard,” says Andrew Carle, director of the senior housing administration program at George Mason University.

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