what is a smart sustainable home? there are clearly two aspects to this. taking the smart part first, there is an emerging trend for integrating technology in the home, with lighting and media controls integrated and much, much more. take a look at this video on bbc news for microsoft’s take on this.
what about a sustainable home? this is something that has been growing steadily for years, particularly in the last decade with an increasing number of people improving their homes’ energy efficiency and even generating electricity at home.
to some, a smart sustainable home must sound counter-intuitive, and there are inevitably some conflicts. more tech around the home must mean more energy use for one. and then there are the other aspects of sustainability. much tech is made in countries where abuse of labour is known to occur – look at the recent reports of abuse at factories supplying apple (i’m sure they’re not alone in this). economically there are also aspects to be considered, not least whether i can afford any of this!
so plenty of challenges ahead. right now i’m trying to buy a house and i’ve got plans for that place which i will be looking into in this blog.