Making predictions is a notoriously tricky business (just ask the Met Office). We can’t know for sure what the world will look like in a year’s time or in five year’s time. It is the same with houses – we can take an educated guess as to what the home of the future might look like but we cannot know for sure.
Even though concrete predictions are near impossible, a sense of what might happen in our lives and the types of homes we might be living in can be gauged from current directions of travel. We can, for example, safely predict that new technologies will play an increasingly important role in our lives.
Increasing technology use will, of course, require increased energy sources to power them. And it is here that we may find the biggest impact on the design and construction of the homes of the future.
Fossil fuels will not last forever. No one seems to know exactly how long they will last but it’s safe to say that the traditional resources we have relied on are finite and will, at some unknown point in the future, be exhausted. It is for this reason (and because of the potentially harmful elements that fossil fuels emit) that new sources of energy are being discovered and tapped.