In the year 2030, you should find yourself residing in a sustainable, zero carbon home. The air will feel fresh, and your home’s paints and surfaces won’t contain or release toxic particles such as volatile organic compounds. The windows, meanwhile, allow for generous cross-breezes.
Your lavatory is even sustainable, sporting a commode that runs on rainwater, so no drinking water is wasted on the toilet.
As a benefit of your solar hot water system, your shower is free to heat and pleasingly warm. The water is released through an aqua-efficient shower fitting, dedicating a mere 30 litres for a short shower – in comparison with conventional showers, which use twice that amount.
On the main floor of the home, powered by solar energy, abundant natural light streams freely through a kitchen window. All appliances, including the oven, kettle, coffee machine, and toaster, run in accordance with strict stringent energy standards, with no power wasted during their use.
Overall, you are enjoying major savings on energy bills in this new mode of housing; this owing to a zero-energy floor plan constructed with long lasting, low maintenance materials that include recycled wooden floorboards, strong insulation, and zoned heating and cooling.
Your home as a whole boasts an 8 star NatHERS rating, awarded in accordance with energy efficiency standards outlined in the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC) and ClimateWorks’ Built to Perform report.
Your commute is even easier and more energy efficient in this new era, as you have easy neighbourhood access to a train network that takes you to and from work—that is, on those days that you don’t cybercommute. And your house is just minutes away from a shopping centre that you can cycle to with ease.
Indeed, in this dream vision of 2030, living in general is done with ease—not to mention endless sustainability.