Future Home Builders
Builders of future homes have an eye towards new technology and
energy savings. When we talk of looking into the future, we are
not just talking sci-fi movies, but a whole concept and application
of ideas to a project so that it can still be functional decades
Building homes is no exception to this,
and with one eye on implementing the latest technologies
into home design and construction, and the other on developing
an energy efficient system, future home builders are constantly
looking for that magic formula that has the best of both
The requirement of any home, from the architect's standpoint,
is simple which means to build a secure and safe dwelling. Future
home builders have to add energy efficiency and automation to
this equation. As such, it is no surprise that the latest architectural
designs stress upon modular concepts rather than expansive ones.
Therefore, the ultimate aim of any future home is take all the
available ideas of energy conservation and apply it in a way that
does not make it look conservative, but rather gives it a functional
Light Weight Building Materials and Solar Technology
The materials used for building homes have seen rapid developments
form the new age bricks that can insulate to light weight yet
sturdy materials that are earth quake resistant. Solar technology
is another aspect that takes into account that sunlight can be
directed in ways as to bring about certain functionalities like
energy efficient exhaust systems like the solar chimneys or the
HVAC through a hybrid of solar energy and geothermal energy.
Passive solar elements can also be in the form of south facing
windows or thermally insulating inner linings. Apart from all
this, there are green standards that need to be followed so that
minimum carbon footprint is produced.
Alternative Energy Methods
Most "future ready" builders are moving away from the
standard use of grid based electricity and into the realms of
domestic power production from hybrid systems that include solar
panels, wind turbines, magnetic motors, hydrogen fuel cells and
other methods of power and conservation.
By using a concept known as Smart Grid technology, future home
builders are looking to offset the pre-conceived balance of total
dependence on grid based electricity towards a greener and cheaper
solar or wind power. In some cases, people have installed systems
that generate all the electricity they need by using these technologies,
and only rely on the grid as a back up. Some people actually sell
extra electricity back to the grid for a profit.
From the conventional lock and key systems, future home builders
are venturing into the more sophisticated security standards like
biometric systems and advanced face recognition systems. While
these were just concepts in the past, today, they are as much
a part of reality.
The security is further cranked up few notches by installing
integrated CCTV cameras and signaling systems that can read movements,
thermal images and store it in a database.
From lights to bathroom fittings, everything can be automated
and remotely sensed. What does this mean? Well, simply put, you
can get all the vital statistics of your home just by logging
on a secure account online or cell phone and can actually control
them. So, no more leaving the lights on, the stove on or the tap
water running as home automation allows you to switch on or off
an appliance from virtually anywhere on the planet.