Multigenerational homes, where multiple generations of a family live together under one roof, can offer so many environmental benefits that contribute to sustainability and reduced environmental impact. Here are some of the key environmental advantages of multigenerational living:
Reduced Energy Consumption: Multigenerational homes often have a smaller overall environmental footprint because they use resources more efficiently. Sharing living spaces, such as kitchens, bathrooms, and common areas, means that there are fewer duplicated resources. This can lead to lower energy consumption for heating, cooling, lighting, and appliances.
Smaller Housing Footprint: Instead of building or maintaining multiple separate homes, a multigenerational household typically lives in a single dwelling. This reduces the need for additional land and resources for construction, resulting in a smaller housing footprint and less land development.
Carpooling and Reduced Transportation Emissions: Multigenerational households often involve multiple adults with different schedules and destinations. This can lead to carpooling and shared transportation, reducing the number of vehicles on the road and the associated greenhouse gas emissions.
Resource Sharing: In multigenerational homes, resources such as furniture, appliances, and tools are often shared among family members. This minimizes the demand for new purchases and the production of new goods, reducing resource consumption and waste.
Social Support: Multigenerational living can promote a strong sense of community and interdependence among family members. This can lead to collective efforts to adopt sustainable practices, such as recycling, composting, and reducing single-use plastics.
Aging in Place: Multigenerational living allows elderly family members to age in place rather than moving to assisted living facilities. This can reduce the environmental impact associated with constructing and operating these facilities. Some items we plan to install in our new home include ramps and an elevator.