As technology advances faster than ever before, our homes are undergoing a transformation to become smarter, more efficient, and better suited to the modern family. With this in mind, the home insurance team at Comparethemarket partnered with Chris Lawson, owner of an architecture firm, to find out the future trends and materials in house-building.
This information was fed into an AI tool, to create images of what our homes may look like in the future.
Future homes in the UK
The AI-generated images show that homes in London and Edinburgh are expected to feature living walls and concentrated fungus, which will support the need for cities to become greener and more sustainable, while ensuring homes are equipped to allow us to live more harmoniously with nature.
We can also expect houses in London to make use of fast-growing timber in a bid to move away from using 1,000-year-old trees for structures, while personal wind turbines, as seen in the AI-generated predictions for houses of the future in Cardiff, could also become common-place as we begin to harness wind-power.
Future homes around the world
AI was also used to imagine what homes of the future would look like in five major international cities with differing climates – Toronto, Dubai, Amsterdam, Paris and New York.
The sail-like shape in the New York design could rotate to capture sunlight and reflect this light to other panels to massively increase renewable energy capture.
Houses in Toronto could be created with carbon blocks, giving good thermal values made from scrubbing carbon out of the air. Living walls should help improve the biodiversity of the sprawling city of Paris, with solar panels featuring heavily in the design for Dubai’s home of the future.
How to speed up sustainability in your home
Anna McEntee from the home insurance team at Comparethemarket said: “Government reports show nearly 20% of the UK’s carbon dioxide emissions come from energy used in our homes, meaning there is no time like the present to begin making our homes more sustainable and future-proof.
“There are several ways this can be done, from investing in solar panels to ensuring your home is thoroughly insulated. It’s important to note these types of improvements will likely add value to the property, or even change the structure of your home, which could affect the cost of your home insurance premium.
“It’s always a good idea to get in touch with your insurance provider and tell them about your plans before making any changes, in order to avoid invalidating your home insurance”.