Older homes have a certain charm, but they’re notoriously inefficient — they’re drafty, under-insulated, and equipped with old, energy-guzzling appliances. In an effort to study potential improvements, British researchers are building an “energy house” inside a special three-story shell that can generate rain, snow, wind and varying humidity levels.
Smart house tech is about to go a step beyond your average energy-efficiency monitoring systems. What about a house that prepares a fresh pot of coffee when you wake up, plays your favorite music without being told to, and sets the thermostat to your ideal setting? Now that's smart.
Smart-home researchers in the UK want to test systems that rely on "ambient intelligence" -- systems that can learn your preferences and behavior and adjust conditions accordingly, according to Greenbang, a London-based sustainability blog.
Inefficient buildings and homes account for a third of North America's greenhouse gas emissions—so why is the market so hesitant to green the building process?
By Matt RansfordPosted 03.18.2008 at 7:43 am 8 Comments
I live in a hundred year-old house where most everything is original: the windows (drafty), the walls (uninsulated), the furnace (burns oil). I need only look at my heating bill every month to deduce what the Commission for Environmental Cooperation has determined through a two-year study—homes and office buildings in North America account for over one-third of the continent's greenhouse gas emissions. They are terribly inefficient.
By Jessie ScanlonPosted 05.20.2005 at 10:50 am 0 Comments
The next time you close your eyes and imagine your house of the future, picture a bunch of soda bottles. That´s essentially what Philadelphia architects Stephen Kieran and James Timberlake have been working with in their quest to identify materials, technologies and mass-manufacturing techniques that they expect will reinvent their profession.