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Buildings of the future: what will they look like?

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How do you imagine a building of the future? Remote control, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, augmented reality… These concepts are becoming increasingly familiar and they can be applied to all areas of our lives, including our homes and workplaces.

The buildings of the future will also be sustainable and energy efficient.

In both of these areas, the growth is already obvious. In fact, the increase in energy demand in the construction sector is already translating into digitalisation and automation in building processes, mostly focused on increasing efficiency and safety for people while reducing the building’s impact on the environment.

Reducing the energy consumption of buildings is a major need for ethical but also practical reasons. It is estimated that by 2050, more than 2.5 billion people will live in cities and there will be some 50 billion electronic devices and connected items, which will double current energy consumption.

On the other hand, the technological transformation in the buildings of the future relates to greater comfort for their occupants and much simpler and more intuitive operation.

The other key concept for understanding what the homes and buildings of the future will be like is self-sufficiency through the use of renewable energy such as photovoltaic panels.

How do you make a building sustainable and self-sufficient?

Currently, architects and engineers are working to use new materials and promote designs that make their buildings more sustainable and less damaging to the environment.

One of the keys of the buildings of the future is their façade, an important aspect of producing energy through the installation of solar panels.

The façades of the buildings of the future will also be insulated on the ventilated exterior to allow air to circulate freely through the building’s air chambers, a technique that could lead to energy savings of up to 40% in air conditioning.

Along the same lines, it should be noted that the buildings of the future will be built following the principles of bioclimatic architecture to make the most of their location and the natural resources (orientation, vegetation, shaded areas, etc.) of their surroundings.

This way of building is closely related to passive houses, or passivhaus. The definition of this concept is simple: the less energy a building needs, the fewer systems are needed to make it self-sufficient.

With regard to the use of materials, the focus will be on those that are more natural and sustainable, preferably local resources, low impact, and those that fit in with the surroundings.

Self-sufficiency: the key to energy production

The buildings of the future will use solar panels to cover their lighting and air conditioning needs. For water supply, rainwater recovery systems with natural purification can be used.

Such buildings can be defined as “green” since they will use energy from renewable sources such as self-sufficient photovoltaic systems.

These types of systems can be combined with other highly efficient systems such as wind generators, solar collectors or aerothermal heat pumps to provide domestic hot water, heating in winter and cooling in summer.

Advantages of the buildings of the future

Buildings of the future will benefit both the environment and their residents. Some of their main advantages are the following:

  • They will be more productive. Buildings of the future will detect potential problems before they become real, making it easier to anticipate and solve them quickly. Here is a practical example: we will be able to know when there will be an energy peak, and therefore will be able to better manage the energy produced by the building‚Äôs solar panels.
  • They will be safer. Thanks to security systems and the use of intelligent automation, the buildings of the future will be able to alert us to possible security threats, from theft or intrusion to fires, floods, malfunctions in any of the systems, etc.
  • They will be healthier. The buildings of the future will be designed according to criteria of sustainability, savings, comfort, and well-being. In fact, most of them will incorporate digital systems to improve air quality and reduce emissions and fumes.

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