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What will the homes of the future be like?

Sustainability and home automation, that’s to say green and hi-tech: these will be the key twin features – the two sides to the same coin – of homes of the future. Because tomorrow’s buildings will be responsible for increasingly less pollution while also providing an increasing number of systems and accessories that improve our comfort.

A hearth for our loved ones, mirror of our personalities, our nest, our refuge, our pride… our homes are all these things. But have you ever asked yourself what the homes of the future will be like? What kind of homes will our children and grandchildren live in?

The principal advantages that can be seen on the horizon are basically two. Environmental sustainability will become more and more desired and necessary, and will be made possible through the development and use of natural materials and innovative products that reduce pollution and energy consumption. But at the same time, our future homes will also feature a growing use of domotics, or home automation systems. The Internet of Things will gradually change our daily habits, as the presence of numerous accessories and devices allows us to render more and more functions automatically controllable, increasing our comfort and safety.

The houses of tomorrow, in other words, will be greener and smarter. But let’s take things one by one and look at more details.

The characteristics of the ecological home of the future

Over the next decades, building homes with sustainable basic materials – either natural, organic or recycled – will probably no longer be only an ethical choice, but also an absolute necessity. After all, it’s no longer plausible to think of nature as an inexhaustible resource. It will be indispensable to optimize the energy consumption of every home, using eco-friendly systems and materials, capable of ensuring both indoor comfort and outdoor resistance and stability.

Already today, solar panels are being used to increase energy efficiency and reduce environmental impact. But it’s also becoming more common to use wood as a basic material for sustainable living, for example in insulated walls or radiant floors… and more. Panels of X-LAM are used to line floors, ceilings and walls. Composed of 99.4% larch or fir wood and 0.6% glue, they are earthquake resistant and guarantee elevated insulation.

Alongside a rise in the use of natural and sustainable materials like wood, we will also see a progressive fall in the use of paints and chemical components. On top of this, the need to reduce the environmental impact caused by transport emissions will cause architects and planners to choose zero-kilometer materials and items and increase the amount of recycled materials used.

Ecological buildings which will reduce levels of energy consumption. Sustainable homes that are totally self-sufficient from an energy viewpoint. But also… Another characteristic of the home of the future will be its resilience. Transformations connected to climate change will force us to adapt our buildings and homes to a changing environment. From drought to floods and from fire to hurricanes, the buildings of tomorrow will be designed to resist these kinds of calamity, making them safer and more durable.

 

The smart home of tomorrow will be much more intelligent

In 1999, a Disney TV movie called Smart House imagined a completely automatized home, a kind of cyborg servant that fulfilled every wish expressed through verbal commands. It cooked according to the tastes and calorie requirements of each member of the family, set the temperatures in every room, cleaned the floors, and so on. A sci-fi scenario? Actually, if we looked at the film today, it would make us smile. Robot vacuum cleaners and kitchen robots are today already at work in many homes. Today, the most appealing things about the world of automation are above all intelligent devices and The Internet of Things.

In the homes of the future,  the existing trend towards the Smart Home will accelerate considerably, making it possible to remote control every function: security, temperature, illumination… down to the smallest domestic appliances.

Home automation will be the essential element of all homes, because all electric appliances will be connected and equipped with digital functions acting to reduce energy consumption and improve service systems in every way. Some examples? The digitally controlled shower will limit water wasting and maintain the desired temperature settings. The refrigerator with the personal assistant presented at CES 2017 – the most important consumer electronic exhibition, held once a year in Las Vegas – will assist us to search for recipes, draw up shopping lists according to recipes, and play music while we cook.

The Smartwatch will probably be our sole control device. Using this device, we will be able to set temperatures throughout the home and around the clock, controlling heating and cooling, connect with surveillance cameras, etc. All the things we use our cellphones for today, will tomorrow be carried out by our smartwatches.
Connected to domestic appliances, intelligent alarm systems, watches that converse with a whole range of digital devices… and more. Tomorrow’s homes will be able to study, and so foresee, human habits… and behave accordingly. An authentic revolution that will radically improve the normal everyday actions of new generations. No science fiction fantasy…

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What will the homes of the future be like?
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Hyper-technological? Indeed, but also environmentally friendly and self-sufficient in terms of energy. Find out more about tomorrow’s homes, where your children and grandchildren will live.
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