Sustainable houses, the houses of the future

Do you know the term Smart Home? Today, talking about sustainable houses as houses of the future is not as long-term as we may think. In fact, homes already incorporate new technologies in the form of home automation that lead us to be able to enjoy smart homes or smart homes and with technological innovations that are always committed to sustainability. Which will help to reduce electricity bills, in addition to helping to take care of the environment.

The main objective of the sustainable home is to improve people’s quality of life and contribute to the maintenance of the environment.

At La Clau we explain what a sustainable home is and if they can already be considered the houses of the future.

What is a sustainable house

A sustainable house is one in which the resources provided by the environment are put to use in order to reduce energy consumption by using natural construction elements and materials that do not pollute.

They have the comfort of any other home, managing to satisfy the needs of the people who will live in it. The special characteristics of this type of housing are:

  • The use of natural resources and materials, through a specific construction and architecture plan, which optimizes construction.
  • The implementation of renewable energies to use natural resources and save conventional energy.
  • Minimize waste and carbon dioxide emissions.
  • The ease of maintenance and functionality, both for homes and buildings.
  • Reduce energy consumption to the maximum by betting on high energy efficiency.
  • Increasing the quality of life of the people who live in sustainable houses.

This new way of building houses involves using sustainable materials, promoting electricity self-consumption along with much more energy efficient constructions.

Are sustainable houses the houses of the future?

In 2013 it was established in Royal Decree 235/2013, which obliges any seller to be a private individual or developer to obtain the energy certificate in order to sell or rent a home; and for this reason, builders seek maximum energy efficiency, thus betting on respect for the environment. The main objective of this certificate is that both buyers and tenants bet more on efficient houses and the owners themselves realize that an efficient house is much easier to sell or rent than one that is not.

In the same way, this new regulation affects the current construction of sustainable houses, forcing new housing constructions to be carried out taking into account energy efficiency, turning them into very sustainable houses.

The Technical Building Code includes in its regulations that current homes must have mechanical ventilation systems to improve thermal insulation. Likewise, and since 2020, the European standard for Nearly Zero Consumption Building was launched, by means of which public and private constructions are obliged to meet concerted energy efficiency requirements to reduce conventional energy consumption.

It is important that the sustainable houses that are built today, bet on the environment and ecology from the initial project and throughout its construction, including not only renewable energies but also taking into account that we can take advantage of rainwater and wind. These homes will have the latest technologies to create, store and save their own energy and thus reduce energy consumption.

The constructions of the houses continue in continuous evolution to provide the greatest well-being to its tenants, also causing them the least possible consumption. These ecological and sustainable homes, together with the artificial intelligence that is now also part of our homes, will end up achieving a total transformation of the home as we know it until now, with more self-sufficient, cleaner and much more connected homes.