Americans want big homes with green features

[WASHINGTON] Is America's love affair with big houses finally over?

Yes and no. In 2013, fewer big houses were built, but the average size for new homes continued to increase.

According to US census data, the percentage of new houses built in 2013 with more than 3,000 square feet of living space declined to 31 per cent from a high of 45 per cent at the peak of the home-building boom in 2007.

At the same time, the average size for a new home built in 2013 edged towards the 3,000 sq ft benchmark figure, ballooning out to 2,679 sq ft, 160 sq ft more than the previous year, according to the National Association of Home Builders' annual survey of home trends and buyer preferences presented by Rose Quint...

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