The comforts of a low-consumption metabolic house

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Technological progress makes up our daily life, and as technology design is increasingly taking the direction of environmental sustainability, technology is expected to give us smart houses: future houses will be efficient, and most importantly, metabolic.

About 40% of energy consumption in Europe is due to the requirements of civil buildings, and 85% of that share is used to provide house heating and sanitary hot water. The new sustainable direction of technological evolution will be able to ensure the synergy and integration of home appliances based on smart communication. To use a metaphor by architect Giulio Ceppi, professor at Milan’s Politecnico, users will switch “from a motor boat to a sailing boat”.

The metabolic approach is based on the principle of sustainable domestic comfort: such an approach “has proven to have a great waste and consumption reduction potential, as well as the ability to recycle resources: this naturally entails a considerable reduction of polluting emissions” says Ceppi.

Vaillant, a leading enterprise in the boiler industry, is committed to transforming the sustainability philosophy into concrete applications with new efficiency standards certified by the Green IQ mark: “Green” testifies to the the company’s attention to studying product life cycle, responsible production, and durability, while “IQ” refers to technological optimization and monitoring to guarantee high quality standards.

The full transition to smart houses will take some more time and require considerable efforts to implement the synergic management of complementary technologies. However, expectations on this systemic evolution are pretty high: should the metabolic house be a success, the same approach could be extended to streets and public buildings, with huge energy savings.

Agnese Metitieri

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