The Home of 2020 – Infographic
Design blog Unpluggd, well known for their articles on integrating new technology into our daily lives, has created an infographic titled the Home of 2020 which includes several sustainability-minded innovations. Very reminiscent of the “Smart Home” concept first described in the 90s, this image includes some technologies that are already available already.
Significant attention is given to the use of technology to control the activities of this future home, but much of it suggests no real changes in the homes themselves. Rather than having an intelligent thermostat which can regulate our homes to suit our every whim, why not design the homes to be properly insulated, and make use of passive heating and cooling? OLED lighting technology is going to revolutionize the way we light our spaces, and this infographic showcases this, but hybrid solar lighting, such as the Parans system, offers the highest possible quality of indoor lighting, with only the energy required to move the tracking mirrors in the rooftop collector. (Windows also do a fairly decent job of getting light into a space..)
The same thing goes for water consumption. Yes, low flow fixtures are a good idea, but only to a point. At some point we need to actually make our water systems sustainable and properly designed, instead of just accommodating a poorly designed infrastructure by severely restricting our usage to “save water”, when the real issue is that we shouldn’t be using drinking water for everything in the first place.