As we’re all probably aware, the trend of coining phrases with the adjective “smart” is no longer exclusively reserved for mobile technology. Nor does the word “sustainable” only refer to development or business. “Efficiency” has also been a buzzword for a while now. Architecture, like so many other aspects of our life, has been unable to resist the pressure imposed by the trend to make everything smart, sustainable and efficient. The result of this is that truly smart homes are no longer a pipe dream.
1. Choose Smart Materials
Nowadays there are many constructive and decorative materials to choose from that can be used to build a smart home. You should choose materials which can help you create the healthiest possible environment, and which have very minimal impact upon the immediate surroundings. You should also strive to make use of sustainable materials, or simply reuse materials in order to make your home more eco friendly. An example of such a sustainable material is bamboo: it can be used in flooring, decoration or even in your bathroom sink!
2. Go Green with Your Energy
Apart from utilising renewable sources of energy such as solar and wind-power, a lot of savings can be made through minimising the amount of energy you lose. Therefore it is crucial to have good insulation, especially when it comes to windows and doors. Also, installing timers to regulate irrigation, heating and electricity consumption is another vital component of smart design.
3. Incorporate Technological Advancements
The breakthroughs made in the field of information technology can also be applied in architecture. For example microchips, sensors and wireless technology are now widely used both during construction and in the final product. Perhaps some of the ideas presented in this article seem a bit far-fetched at the moment, but they give a interesting preview for what might be possible in the future.
4. Try Smart Air-Conditioning Systems
Smart air-conditioning systems are an interesting new segment that has popped up within smart architecture and design. These systems meet all the energy-efficiency requirements associated with heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration systems, and hence are a worthy addition to your home. Although it's important to remember that installation of smart air-con systems is always best left to the professionals.
5. Opt for Automation
A new trend appearing in home design is automation. This is because it makes the home safer, more comfortable and overall more efficient! Areas of the home that can be automated include security systems, lights, AC control, blinds, irrigation, home-entertainment systems and even pet-feeding systems!
Needless to say, such high degree of automation and utilization of modern technology has its downsides and threats. Most of them refer to security, as there is the potential for these systems to be hacked or breached. Read here to learn more about improving home security.
If you want to build a smart home it's obvious that you're going to need to make significant expenses to set up the whole system. But as technology is becoming more and more efficient, it's important to note that it's also becoming more affordable. Therefore your initial expenditure is not only going to increase efficiency and comfort in your home, but it will also raise the overall value of property incase you intend to sell. So now that you've seen how attainable developing a smart home really is, go out and try it for yourself!