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The houses of the future: more sustainable and self-sufficient

More sustainable houses of the future

In the not too distant future, there will be a new way of building houses, much more energy efficient, boosting electricity self-consumption and, ultimately, more sustainable. Thanks to them, we can forget about exorbitant electricity bills and contribute to a cleaner planet.

Have you ever wondered what the houses of the future are going to be like? Today, new buildings are being built with energy efficiency and sustainability in mind, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, saving on energy consumption, and promoting self-consumption and renewable energies. Ultimately, they will be more self-sufficient, cleaner and connected homes.

What will the houses of the future be like?

Although we speak in the future, these changes are really already being seen in the present. Smart homes are here, and stronger than ever. These homes have the latest technologies to create, store and save energy, and thus reduce energy consumption by up to 70% in homes and 20% in common areas.

The new buildings, with spaces to facilitate the recharging of electric cars; with parking spaces for electric bicycles; rooftops that will become huge urban gardens; and where installing solar panels will be practically mandatory to save energy, they are a clear example of how the construction of the homes of the future will be.

The facades of the houses of the future and home automation

In the construction of the new sustainable buildings and intelligent the facades they will have a great role. These will contribute to the production of energy through the incorporation of solar panels and other materials that will help create clean energy.

There are also other interesting innovations. A new construction technique It allows, for example, to install an insulator on the ventilated exterior part of the fa├žade, which allows the free circulation of air through its chamber. This technology implies an energy saving of 40% compared to traditional facades.

The home automation It will be a key piece for efficient use of energy, as well as for providing greater comfort and safety to its tenants. It will become a digital network of construction services, appliances and electronics. The refrigerator will warn of expired products, the TV will be turned on with the smartphone or all electrical appliances in the home can be controlled from work.

How to get a sustainable house?

Surely you already know someone in your environment who lives in a sustainable house, where green energy, digitization and home automation are the main protagonists. Unfortunately, these advances are not yet available to everyone, as the technology is still very new and therefore has a high price.

Currently, architects and engineers are working to implement new materials and innovative facades that will make buildings environmentally much more sustainable and cleaner. The goal is democratize this type of housing so that we can all benefit from these innovations.

In this context, professionals in the construction sector will work with the objective of complying with the European energy efficiency directive, which indicates that in the year 2030 we will have the obligation to use 32% of the total energy from renewable sources.

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This will be the future self-sufficient houses

First, they will focus on a design that will follow the guidelines of the bioclimatic architecture to take advantage of existing natural resources in the face of a lower energy input. In this case, aspects such as orientation, sunlight, winds, vegetation, etc. are important.

The materials that will be used in these constructions are natural or sustainable. Homes will be self-sufficient with light or heating through solar boards. For the water supply, rainwater recovery systems with natural purification will be used.

These are concepts closely related to passive house: the less energy the home needs, the less installation will be required to make it self-sufficient. The houses of the future are also linked to the concept of ecological home, since they will use energy from renewable sources.

The sol it will be one of the great sources of energy, even more so than today if possible. And not only to generate electricity with solar panels, but also through the heat build-up it will also provide thermal heating to the home, which will not need conventional heating.

Another factor of great importance in this type of building is orientation. The main facades of the home should be oriented to the south, to be able to take full advantage of the energy provided by the sun. In the northern part the windows will be eliminated to maximize this effect and avoid the loss of temperature in winter.

The renewable energy they will be of great importance in making the house a self-sufficient home. In addition to the aforementioned photovoltaic panels, these will be combined with a wind generator, with solar collectors or a geothermal heat pump that will provide hot water, heating in winter and cooling in summer. In addition, a system of renewal and recirculation of the air will keep the house at a perfect temperature without the need to open windows.

At what point is Spain in the construction of sustainable buildings?

In order to implement the European objective of fully sustainable new construction, each country must adapt the concept of almost zero consumption and present an action plan.

By 2020, any new building should have almost zero energy consumption and the new public building must have it from 2018, according to the European directive on energy performance, approved in 2010.

In the future, it is expected that homes use the only source of energy that comes from the sun. The heat exchangers will use phase change materials to cool the house passively, while the air conditioning installations combined with said exchanger will help optimize the consumption of the house by producing its own energy.

The “houses in movement” will transform the home into a space fed by the movement of the sun, that through the variations of luminosity.

In short, the houses of the future will all pursue the same objective to use renewable energy, try not to use energy, and be an active part to make the planet a cleaner and more sustainable place for everyone.

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