In the age of abundant technology, everything has become a bit smarter. There are now smart phones, smart watches and smart cars, but one thing that can truly change the way we live now and in our future is the smart home, a home designed with sustainability and convenience as it's primary objectives.
According to the Queensland Department of Public Works, a sustainable smart home design should encompass three areas of sustainability: environmental sustainability, economic sustainability and social sustainability. Should any of these areas fall short, the longevity of smart home design could be compromised.
Additionally, the installation of a green roofing system can substantially reduce energy consumption while providing valuable nutrition for family members. Depending on the slope and complexity of the roof on which a green roofing system is to be installed, prices can vary from $10 per square foot up to $25.
Each smart device is purchased and installed separately and can range from a $35 motion detector to a $400 solar ventilation system if purchased from SmartHome.com.
Often, these issues will be handled automatically by smart devices such as the Nest, a thermostat designed to learn the preferences, locations and schedules of all members of the home and tweak it's settings accordingly, all for around $250.
Another example of social sustainability through smart design is esri's geofencing application that allows users to draw a virtual fence around an area (home or school, for example) and receive notifications about when a device enters into the area. This can allow parents to track when their children leave school or arrive home thus providing an added sense of security. This application is free while it is in beta. Future pricing has not been disclosed.
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Smart home design is the wave of the future, allowing users to control lights, locks and entire HVAC systems from virtually anywhere. It is a way homeowners can reduce their ecological footprint and their monthly utility bills with the touch of a button, and can even help to keep track of family members to increase safety. Because, even though the space we consume is small, the way we use it can have a big impact on the future.