Smart Houses: The Future of Sustainable Housing

Imagine you’re in the office, but you’re worried whether you’ve turned on the security alarm. Or you forgot to turn off the heater. Or you’re not sure whether you turned off the water or not. Imagine the horrors if you failed to double check any of these?

While these problems may seem mundane, it can cause accidents or security breaches eventually. So how do you solve it?

Enter smart houses! Perhaps you may have heard or read about smart homes with the constant buzz it has created. What is it? Is it really economical and sustainable as they say?

A smart house is a residence that has appliances, devices, and gadgets that are interconnected through a communication network and can be controlled, accessed, and monitored anywhere as long as you have Internet access.

A smart house can be controlled, accessed, and monitored through a gadget

As majority of appliances and devices now come in automated versions, it is much easier to connect it to a common system and program it to respond through a phone, a touch screen device, or a computer. From security cameras and locks, home thermostats, lightings, air conditioning systems, entertainment systems, to appliances – all can be connected to one system and then controlled remotely.

While a smart home may seem like an extravagant venture to build or even a technology from the distant future, automating your home is now more accessible and doable with the rapid development of technology.

The next challenge would be how to make a house smart?

There are many different ways create a smart house, depending on a number of factors. The first option is to incorporate the smart network aspect during home construction. However, a practical option is to retrofit the smart network into an existing home.

In line with the sustainable concrete house designs of Unika Stenhus, the Swedish architectural firm has this to say about smart houses, “as we move forward to a more sustainable future, a smart home is not only a luxury, but a necessity. This is one development in technology that is in line with our mission here in Unika Stenhus, something that we can definitely incorporate in our house designs!”

The Swedish architectural firm is one of the industry’s pioneers in building concrete family homes that combine simple Japanese architecture with the Swedish sustainability architecture to create a design that is fully customizable, highly sustainable, low maintenance, energy efficient, and yet, embodies the beauty of hybrid architectural designs.

A smart home is indeed the future of sustainable housing with its numerous benefits.

It is convenient. What could be more convenient than connecting and controlling all of your household appliances and devices in one single network? This is great home management technique. You do not have to learn how to operate each appliance, but only need to learn the app that controls everything.

Improved household safety. A smart house provides more than just the ordinary security. Alarm systems is just one part of a smart house. You can actually connect every security gadget and device into one network, from alarms, cameras, to doorbells to simultaneously signal when security is breached, making your household much safer.

Maximize energy efficiency.  A smart house allows a homeowner to monitor energy consumption anywhere, anytime with the convenience of a single app. From this, the homeowner can then adjust energy consumption according to the household’s need. For example, you can program the time when the thermostat turns on and off based on your temperature preferences. A lighting system can be powered down when it is not in use. A new faucet technology can intelligently control water droplets to minimize water usage.

In turn, when energy efficiency is maximized, you also save money in the long run, but promote the sustainability of Earth’s resources.

Cost effective. Today, you save on utility bills, but over time, the financial savings with the use of this technology will surely get you thinking. Based on reports, using smart home technology for a heating/cooling system alone can save you as much as 30%. Do the math and imagine the amount of savings in the long run?

Beyond added security, improved convenience, and cost effectiveness, a smart home can significantly impact on the existential crisis the world is facing – sustainability of the Earth’s resources. While some components of a smart house may require a lot of investment, there are also simpler and affordable ones. In the long run, a smart house has a positive impact on your household savings and the environment!