Building trends continue to make an impact on sustainability and technology to innovate materials and design approaches. These trends are revolutionising the way we build, creating a more efficient, environmentally friendly, and visually stunning built environment.


More recently, sustainability has become a paramount concern in the construction industry and will continue to be a driving force in 2023. Building green has transitioned from a trend to a necessity.

Builders are incorporating eco-friendly practices, materials, and technologies into their projects more and more. Green building principles can be applied to various structures, from residential homes to commercial buildings, to create healthier, more efficient, and environmentally responsible spaces. Some of the examples include:

Sustainable Materials

Green buildings often incorporate sustainable materials to minimize environmental impact. Examples include reclaimed wood, bamboo flooring and staircase components, recycled metal, low-VOC paints and finishes, and environmentally friendly insulation made from recycled materials or natural fibres.

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High-Performance Insulation

Effective insulation has a vital role in reducing heat loss and energy consumption in buildings. Green buildings prioritize high-performance insulation materials, such as cellulose, mineral wool, or spray foam insulation, to improve thermal efficiency and reduce heating and cooling costs.

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Passive House Design

Passive house design is an energy-efficient building standard that focuses on minimizing energy consumption while maintaining a comfortable indoor environment. It incorporates features such as super insulation, airtight construction, energy-recovery ventilation, and high-performance windows and doors.

Sustainable construction not only minimizes environmental impact but also reduces energy consumption, lowers operating costs, and enhances the overall comfort and well-being of building occupants.


The rise of smart technology is transforming our homes and buildings into intelligent, interconnected spaces. In 2023, building automation systems and smart home features are taking centre stage.

Smart Thermostat

A smart thermostat allows you to control and schedule your home's heating and cooling systems wirelessly. It can learn your preferences, adjust temperature settings based on occupancy, and help optimise energy usage, saving you money on utility bills.

For more information on Smart Thermostats, contact or visit one of our branches using our Branch Locator. 

Efficient Water Fixtures

Water-efficient fixtures such as low-flow toilets, faucets, and shower heads help reduce water consumption and promote water conservation. Additionally, greywater recycling systems can be implemented to treat and reuse water from sinks, showers, and washing machines for irrigation or toilet flushing.

For more information on efficient water fixture products we sell at The Plumbline, contact or visit one of our branches using our Branch Locator. 

The range of smart devices continues to expand, allowing homeowners to automate and control various aspects of their homes for increased comfort, convenience, energy efficiency, and security.

Driven by the need for sustainability, technological advancements, and the pursuit of enhanced well-being, the building industry is undergoing a remarkable transformation in 2023.

By embracing these trends, we are not only creating more efficient and intelligent structures but also prioritising environmental responsibility and the well-being of individuals who inhabit these spaces. As we move forward, let us continue to innovate, adapt, and build with a focus on a brighter, greener, and more harmonious future.

If you would like more information on sustainable products and smart appliances we offer across our branches you can use our CONTACT US page to speak to one of our friendly staff members.

Alternatively, you can visit one of our branches across Mid Wales, Shropshire, and Cheshire to explore the vast range of products we stock.