Residents of a new home built in the last 20 years are starting to ask themselves what they could have done better, according to a new survey of the latest in residential building design.
In a survey of 2,000 people who lived in the same building for 10 years, the survey found that many homeowners do not realize that they can get windows that are about 30 percent more reflective than those in their old home.
The researchers found that people who built a new house between 1995 and 2013 actually got a little less reflective than a typical old home, but still got the same amount of window space.
“There are no windows that could be more reflective,” said Krista Eichenberger, a doctoral student at the University of California, San Diego, and the lead author of the survey.
“They are all very similar.
They are just not reflective in a big way.”
She added that it was hard to measure the amount of glass that is reflected in the home, so the researchers did not try to make that determination.
Instead, they relied on surveys of windows that were installed in a home and that the people who live there reported that they had seen.
“The most common misconception is that people say, ‘My window is 10 percent reflective,'” said Eichenberg.
“That is simply not true.
People say they have never seen that much reflection.
We found that a lot of people have never looked at their windows at all, and we just assumed that they are really reflective.”
The new survey was conducted in January 2018 and March 2019.
The researchers also surveyed a larger sample of households from 2006 to 2014, looking for trends in glass and reflective materials that were associated with different housing types.
According to the study, homeowners who had installed windows that had been “more reflective” than average were more likely to have windows that reflected more than the average amount of light coming through the house.
“There is no evidence that the reflective material that is installed is more reflective or more reflective in any meaningful way,” the researchers concluded.
In contrast, the reflective materials used in older homes were less reflective.
“This indicates that older homeowners who installed windows with reflective materials tended to have more windows that reflect less than the typical amount of reflectivity of older homes,” the study concluded.
The authors of the study said that the results were consistent with previous research.
They also noted that there is a “significant increase in the amount and intensity of reflective materials in older housing,” which is also consistent with other research that has found an increased number of people who say they do not like reflective windows.
The findings come at a time when many Americans are increasingly choosing to live in smaller homes with fewer living spaces, which can have a negative effect on the building materials and the building itself.
But the study authors caution that homeowners should consider whether that is worth the extra cost in the long run, noting that the effects of the increased number and intensity might not be felt for years.
“When people think about the potential costs of an increase in residential glass, they often think about cost to the environment, but they also think about additional costs in terms of increased carbon emissions and other things,” said Eberhart.
“We are not aware of any research that suggests that that is a cost that people should consider when they are planning to move into a smaller home.”
For more on home improvements, including how to install windows and what you can expect to see in your home, see “10 New Home Design Tips for People Moving in.”