Inventing the House of Tomorrow: Sustainability and Technology

Masterplan Harbourcity, Volgograd, Russia

© Eller + Eller Architekten

Masterplan Harbourcity, Volgograd, Russia

 

Because with modern housing technology, it is possible to optimise and reduce the building’s energy consumption in a sustainable manner. At the same time, innovative building automation systems provide the opportunity to more strongly integrate the architecture with its respective users and their respective needs.

 
LVM 5

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LVM 5

 

However, the sparing and far-sighted use of energy, ie our planet’s finite resources, does not just begin when a building is put into operation. Even at the planning stage, lifecycle costs must be taken into consideration, as must the question of using materials that can be reutilised or recycled as far as possible. Good architecture is more than just the intelligent selection of the right technologies and long-lasting building materials. It integrates the technical and material structures into a design that satisfies the classical architectural criteria: Firmitas, utilitas, venustas – Strength, utility and beauty.

 
 

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