Los Angeles, the Southern California Institute of Architecture and the California Institute of Technology are running a poster child for a new generation of smart homes. CHIP, which stands for Compact Hyper-Insulated Prototype, is a prefab, solar-powered home designed to challenge every architecture and engineering preconception about the net-zero-energy home.
The home’s energy functions are connected to a central, Internet-capable automation system that allows lights, air conditioning, home entertainment and irrigation systems to be turned on and off remotely.
Cape Town, the home building industry is similarly exploring innovative ways to go greener and smarter.
Architect Matthew Beatty says green building principles are not being driven by environmental concerns alone. Rapidly rising operating and utility costs, electricity and water usage in particular, will force us to turn to energy-efficient buildings.
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