future homes: This carbon neutral home has passive thermal regulation throughout, as well as a smart rooftop garden and interior glass wall

Are these the homes of the future?

Three innovative properties offering solutions for tomorrow's houses today

By Victoria Purcell | 4 March 2022

A new report on the future of sustainable homes explores design trends, technologies and innovations from around the globe to offer an insight into what next-generation housing will look like.

Commissioned by Swedish lift manufacturer Aritco, compiled by UK-based intelligence platform Springwise and released in January 2022, the Future of the Sustainable Home and Office Report reveals how familiar spaces are being transformed.

It is divided into two sections – Circularity, which explores the areas of biodiversity, waste and tech, and Net Zero, examining cities, energy and materials – and offers 20 examples of businesses and innovators at the cutting edge of sustainable products and services for homes and offices.

The Future of the Sustainable Home and Office Report by Aritco/Springwise

The Aritco/Springwise Future of the Sustainable Home and Office Report was released in January 2022

Three future homes are highlighted for their sustainable design: a self-powered house that gives energy back to the grid, a carbon-neutral structure with passive thermal regulation throughout, and an apartment fitted out with products made from waste products. Could these be the blueprints for our future homes? Grand Designs magazine takes a look.

A self-powered home in Melbourne

The Garden House by Austin Maynard generates its own energy through solar power. The home produces 100 kilowatt-hours daily and stores it in batteries. This powers the climate-controlled heating, a digital entertainment system, a heated swimming pool and charges an electric car, as well as supplying excess electricity to the local power grid.

Sustainability has been built into the rest of the house design, with recycled 1950s bricks used in the construction and design principles that don’t rely on technology, including focusing insulation at the top of the property to trap heat as it rises, mechanical ventilation with heat recovery, a vegetable patch, compost and a water tank that irrigates the garden and toilets. The house also faces north to maximise natural light.

What does the future home look like? Self-powered home in Melbourne

The Garden House in Melbourne by Austin Maynard Architects

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