New homes in the future will tap into neighbourhood energy systems, feature flexible layouts and use improved technology to make automatic decisions about heat, security and even postal deliveries, according to a new report.
The report, Futurology: the new home in 2050, commissioned by the NHBC Foundation, looks ahead three decades and foresees radical adjustments to house building design, inspired by new technology, population shifts and climate change.
The new homes report suggests that demographic changes, such as a rapid increase in the number of elderly people and the worsening issue of young people unable to afford to leave home, will drive demand for multi-generational, homes will be designed with flexible layouts to suit different generations, adapted as families’ needs change.
Inspired by the need for more urban housing in already densely populated areas, future design will produce homes with smaller footprints, but with more storeys, using balcony and roof space to provide outdoor space. Architects draw inspiration from good compact design, such as in boats or caravans, to produce more “micro-living” options for single people.
NHBC’s Head of Standards, Innovation and Research Neil Smith said, “In the next 30 years we’ll witness substantial changes to homelife through technological advancement in response to societal, climate and demographic changes. Regular consideration of how the homes will need to change is a good way to ensure that we’re not taken by surprise.”