It’s going to happen.Green energy will soon emerge as a viable option for the average consumer, no longer reserved for wealthy ecocentrics, in a variety of applications. But what will happen to housing once the green revolution starts? Will it alter fundamental consumer perceptions of the product as experienced with the advent of the digital music industry? Will it drastically change lifestyles similar to widespread access to home computing? And how will regulators and investors react? Until very recently the typical homeowner didn’t have access to innovative housing technology with most residential homes built to standards not vastly different than post WWII standards. Due to this fact, there exists over 60 years of technological development that most of today’s consumers haven’t experienced, nor completely understand. This is somewhat understandable, as the cost of these improvements were out of reach and typically beyond the traditional needs of a homebuyer, who was more interested in just having their own home rather than the latest and greatest in home technology and energy efficiency. The advantage to missing the last 60 or so years of technological advancements is the consumer will essentially reap the rewards of the expensive trial and error process, conducted by scientific communities and commercial builders, with little to no investment. Based on my research and experience in housing, I’ve prepared the following points to illustrate my predictions for the next 20 years. Now these changes won’t happen all at once, nor will the proposed period afford enough time to comprehensively implement them across all markets. However the goal is depict what the modern housing era may look like for a typical homeowner, and how “Green”, or more accurately, energy optimization technologies will effect housing and the daily life of people in the world. 1. You will still be hooked to “The Grid” – The traditional power grid is tried and true. It remains the simplest, most inexpensive option for consumers due to the vast network of existing infrastructure with even aesthetic maintenance, such as transferring lines below grade, becoming less costly than in the past. Despite advances in the efficiency and storage capacity of energy optimization technologies, most consumers pursuing alternative energy sources will likely maintain a connection with the grid to serve as a backup in the event of inclement weather, or even just an extended overcast period, which limit the ability of solar options. With this in mind, the grid itself is in the early stages of “Going Green” as well. Energy conglomerates, with the encouragement of government agencies at all levels, have begun researching and supplanting traditional power sources like coal with wind, solar and geothermal methods. Transforming the grid will prove a lengthy political and economic battle, above all else. Conventional energy is big business and its proponents maintain the resources to significantly affect public opinion and lobbying efforts. These organizations will need time to adapt, and their employees will require assurance that Green Technology can provide equitable career opportunities. The grid isn’t going anywhere soon, but those who diversify their energy portfolio early will likely benefit most long term 2. Solar will become the primary energy source – If 15% of the sun’s energy was captured and stored for one day it would be enough potential energy to power the United States for an entire year. The reality is that even with all the other sources available, with products and programs popping up regularly for biofuel, wind and “Micro Hydro, Solar holds a significant advantage in potential output, as well as progress in research and implementation. As battery life, the primary limiting factor in solar application today, expands in capacity envision a typical residential home with a solar paneled roof linked to a large battery pack in the home to store this energy. As mentioned, many will maintain connections to reserve resources, such as the traditional power grid, but frequency of use will decline with advances in power storage. 3. Your home will be “smart” – The inefficiencies in most homes today are really astounding. Hot water heaters, lighting, and centralized HVAC systems waste a majority of the energy supplied due to antiquated technology. When I say homes will be smart, I really mean optimized, cognizant of their own efficiency in the context of internal functions and external inputs (misuse). Timers and motion sensors for electrical outlets are becoming increasingly common.. Research into 4D printing technology suggests building materials may soon have the ability to adapt to environmental conditions to maintain consistent internal temperatures without drastic energy spikes. Each of these developments indicates new homes will soon possess centralized “nerve centers” to analyze every system in the to make notify consumers of high consumption and eventually aggregate enough data to adjust settings without manual input. 4. Your toilet will flush but in a different way – Improper waste disposal, due to inefficient or outdated sewers systems, remains the primary means for the spread of infectious disease worldwide. Perpetuation of illness significantly affects energy efficiency both in direct and unintended fashions. Additionally, superfluous water consumption, and the subsequent shortages in certain regions, has been a point of emphasis for environmental observers over the past 50 years. Many predict fresh water to commoditize greatly in the near future, potentially resulting in global conflict. Flash sanitization, the incineration of human waste, and composting offer two notable remedies to these concerns. Both solutions provide sanitary, waterless options, while the latter may also afford a supplemental energy source. Many waterless technologies await widespread adoption, but it’s difficult to ignore the potential benefits for long, and governments in high risk areas like California have already imposed stricter consumption guidelines. 5. Your house will be “Manufactured” – The idea of 3D printing a house is great, but we’re a long way from that being used for residential construction on a mass basis. However, manufactured housing has enormous benefits and most homes will be pre-built in a warehouse and assembled on site. Constructing a home in an enclosed environment is not only much more efficient, but also allows for greater build quality as the internal walls of the home aren’t exposed to the elements. These processes also enhance product consistency by limiting the human error often experienced with outdoor construction. Until recently most manufactured homes followed a relatively standardized model, essentially a rectangular build with compartmentalized living areas. However, as consumer tastes evolved, many builders have begun offering more open floor plan designs and higher end fixtures. 6. Building materials will change – Autoclaved aerated concrete will become a household name. The same building materials have been used for decades, and somewhat rightfully so, as they’re proven and within the reach of most consumers. These materials will soon become obsolete as a new wave of ultra-efficient, and aesthetically pleasing, modern building materials have already reached higher end markets and will eventually become more widely available to homeowners. As much as “The Jetsons” were great to watch the reality is that your home will be just as awesome, minus the flying around and the space. Most of the stuff that you could imagine with your home from instant food, 3D printed plates, watching TV on the walls and instant access to global media is here and now and will be a part of most homeowners’ daily lives within 20 years. For areas that are very rural you will see the use of these sophisticated systems more and more as typically they haven’t had access to any of these and were left with very expensive inefficient choices. The reality is that the changes in housing are going to have one of the biggest impacts on the way we live since the industrial revolution. The efficiency and lifestyle changes that are going to place are going to have a positive impact on the environment and your wallet. ——- This post was taken from the article  “HOW GREEN WILL IMPACT HOUSING OVER THE NEXT 20 YEARS”, Linkedin.