What is New Urbanism?
The New Urbanism movement has been around since the 1980s, however, has seen significant growth in the past few years. Why has interest shifted? Awareness, for one. As new generations, which are much more eco-conscious, are becoming first time homeowners they are looking at ways to lessen their impact on the environment.
The New Urbanism movement promotes the return to the traditional town, where you can walk everywhere and leave your car at home. The layout of these towns is thoroughly thought out; homes, commercial spaces and parks are all in walking distances from each other usually in a grid formation. The goal of such a design is primarily to improve the quality of life of the community as a whole from a social, environmental and personal stand point.
KWP Fits The Bill
In order to further the positive impact on the environment, architects and builders in the movement seek eco-friendly building materials. KWP’s engineered wood products fits the bill. Made from 100% pre-consumer recycled content, KWP’s products not only reduces its carbon footprint in the present , the product is also FSC certified insuring that future generations will also benefit from their sustainable efforts. Find out more about KWP’s commitment to the environment here.
When selecting materials for New Urbanism towns, another factor to consider is maintenance. Low maintenance building products are highly sought after as they will require little upkeep therefore improving the quality of life of the community by freeing up their time. KWP offers peace of mind by providing a 50 year warranty on its engineered wood products as as well as a 25 year warranty on the finish.
The traditional aspect of KWP’s wood siding also plays a factor in the selection of building materials. Offered in a vast array of colors, architects and designers can easily mix and match KWP’s engineered wood products with a variety of materials to add visual interest to commercial and residential buildings. Another element to consider is the warmth that wood conveys which helps in creating that quaint, welcoming feeling to neighborhood.
As eco-consciousness keeps increasing and the work/life balance keeps shifting, we are sure to see New Urbanism towns pop up across the country and we are proud to offer a sustainable, as well as an eco-friendly product to help propel such a great endeavor.