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.
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.
Photo credits: Power Smart Village Flickr Group.