In age of abundant technology, every item has become a bit smarter. There are now smartphone’s, smart watches and smart cars, but one thing that can truly affect the way we live now along with our future is the smart homes, a property designed with sustainability and convenience as it is primary objectives.
According to the Queensland Department of Public Works, a sustainable smart homes design should encompass three regions of sustainability: environmental sustainability, economic sustainability and social sustainability. Should some of these areas fall short, the longevity of smart home design might be compromised. We’ve only got one planet and only so many resources on it, therefore it is imperative that sustainable homes come furnished with ample features to reduce our ecological footprint. This can be achieved by positioning the home in such a way that natural light is abundant and heating and cooling requirements are minimal (with plenty insulation and punctiliously planned landscaping, as an example). The installation of power efficient appliances can also be recommended.
Additionally, investing in a green roofing system can substantially reduce energy consumption while providing valuable nutrition to a family event members. Depending on the slope and complexity in the roof which a green roofing system is to be installed, prices may vary from $10 per square foot approximately $25. A smart home allows keepers to control appliances for example lights and air conditioning units remotely, too, which will improve the property’s economic sustainability. Homes equipped with a smart home design can control lights, locks, video security cameras and thermostats all using their cellular device which could greatly improve the property’s efficiency and save owners cash both water and power bills.
Each smart device is purchased and installed separately and will range from a $35 motion detector to a $400 solar ventilation system if purchased from SmartHome.com. Social sustainability signifies that the smart home will probably be easy and easy to use so that every member of the family can embark on sustainable practices. This means that controls needs to be simple to maneuver, thermostats must be easy to program and members of the family are easy to locate. Often, these issues will probably be handled automatically by smart devices like the Nest, a thermostat designed to learn the preferences, locations and schedules of all members of your home and tweak it’s settings accordingly, all for approximately $250.
Another illustration of social sustainability through smart design is esri’s geofencing application that allows users to draw a virtual fence around an area (home or school, for instance) and receive notifications about every time a device enters into the area. This can allow parents to follow when their children leave school or arrive home thus providing another sense of security. This application is free while it is in beta. Future pricing hasn’t been disclosed. Smart home design is the wave in the future, allowing users to manipulate lights, locks and entire HVAC systems from virtually anywhere. It is a way homeowners is able to reduce their ecological footprint in addition to their monthly power bills with the touch of the mouse button, and can even help to help keep track of family to increase safety. Because, however the space we consume is small, the best way we use it may have a big affect the future.