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      Strong Preference for Infill Locations and Neighborhood Amenities

      Billings at residential architecture firms growing in every region

      Contact: Matt Tinder
      202-626-7462
      mtinder@aia.org

      http://twitter.com/AIA_Media

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      Washington, D.C. – December 17, 2012 –
      A combination of housing market conditions, changing lifestyle preferences and shifting demographics has led to a re-shaping of our communities in recent years. There has been a move away from automotive-centric locations, along with a strong desire for households to have employment and entertainment options in closer proximity to where they live. There has also been a preference for lower maintenance and more energy-efficient properties.

      Residential architecture firms across the country are reporting improving business conditions, with remodeling activity leading the way followed by some segments of new construction also seeing growth. These findings are from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Home Design Trends Survey for the third quarter of 2012 that focused on community and neighborhood design.

      “In many areas, we are seeing more interest in urban infill locations than in remote exurbs, which is having a pronounced shift in neighborhood design elements,” said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA. “And regardless of city or suburban dwellers, people are asking more from their communities in terms of access to public transit, walkable areas and close proximity to job centers, retail options and open space.”

      AIA Home Design Trends Survey highlights

    Community design elements

    2012

    2011

    Infill development

    64%

    65%

    Access to public transportation

    59%

    47%

    Multi-generational housing

    50%

    44%

    Higher density development

    50%

    38%

    Mixed-use developments

    45%

    37%

    Community gardens

    41%

    n/a

    Dedicated open space

    40%

    33%

    Popular Home Exteriors Features

    2012

    2011

    Low maintenance exterior materials

    70%

    68%

    Front porches

    41%

    40%

    Sustainable roofing

    29%

    23%

    Windows (number and size)

    24%

    19%

    Contemporary design

    23%

    10%

    Single story homes

    17%

    24%

      (% respond. report. popularity of feature “increasing” minus % report. “decreasing”; Q3)

      Housing market business conditions

      AIA Home Design Survey Index for Q3 2012 (any score above 50 is positive)

        • Billings: 55

        • Inquiries for new projects: 62

      Baker noted, “The market for remodeling and alteration projects has been quite strong going back several quarters, but it is encouraging to see positive business conditions for both the move-up and first-time buyer sectors.”

    Specific construction segments

    2012

    2011

    Additions / alterations

    58%

    35%

    Kitchen and bath remodeling

    51%

    37%

    Move-up home market

    8%

    -36%

    First-time buyer / affordable home market

    5%

    -37%

    Custom / luxury home market

    -0.8%

    -27%

    Townhouse / condo market

    -8%

    -35%

    Second / vacation home

    -39%

    -61%

      (% of respondents reporting sector “improving” minus % reporting “weakening”; Q3)

      About the AIA Home Design Trends Survey
      The AIA Home Design Trend Survey is conducted quarterly with a panel of over 500 architecture firms that concentrate their practice in the residential sector. Residential architects are design leaders in shaping how homes function, look, and integrate into communities and this survey helps to identify emerging trends in the housing marketplace. Business conditions are also monitored on a quarterly basis. Future surveys will focus on kitchen and bath trends (February 2013), overall home layout and use (June 2013), and specialty rooms and systems (September 2013).

      About The American Institute of Architects
      Founded in 1857, members of the American Institute of Architects consistently work to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. Through nearly 300 state and local chapters, the AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public well being.  Members adhere to a code of ethics and conduct to ensure the highest professional standards. The AIA provides members with tools and resources to assist them in their careers and business as well as engaging civic and government leaders, and the public to find solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation and world. Visit www.aia.org.

 

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