Green Home of the Future [Olympics]

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This is the Home of the Future, which is on display at the BC Hydro Power Smart Village in downtown Vancouver.  It's hard to tell, but the home is actually made with two shipping containers and wrapped in cedar and pine beetle wood cladding.  In addition, according to a press release, the showcase project is designed with local and recycled materials, as well as energy-efficient appliances and other conservation technologies. 

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The Home of the Future is outfitted with solar panels and ready to charge the homeowner's electric vehicle while the world sleeps.  You can see that aspect with the Chevy Volt, which is plugged and ready to go. 

Inside, the Home of the Future has a smart washer, dryer, and refrigerator and a home energy management system that provides feedback and helps manage consumption.  Outside, there's a nice green wall that, although small, shows how you could cover a wall to insulate the structure from hot and cold temperatures. 

Perhaps the size of the home alone is a good signal of the form shelter will take in years to come.  It's a mere 680 square feet, which is quite different from the average home of today. 

[+] Learn more about the Home of the Future.

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Photo credits: Power Smart Village Flickr Group.


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  • http://bruteforcecollaborative.wordpress.com/ meliason

    a mere 680 SF, but who wants to look at hideous GE appliances all day? if this was really a ‘home of the future’ and only 680 SF, the fridge would be a mini (if at all) and there would be no dryer.

    this house is a terrible advert for greenwashed commercialism.

  • http://twitter.com/Danielcorbi Danielcorbi

    Good design with a huge future, I will post it in http://www.csya.net

  • Anonymous

    Am i missing something but where do you sleep and wash?

  • Kurt

    Meliason does have a point. There is a certain laundromat quality about this place.

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