How Green Buildings Support the Home of the Future

As people spend more time inside their homes amid the pandemic, a new normal of using spaces has emerged. The dining and living rooms are not just areas for meals or entertainment anymore, but a place for work. The garden emerged as a homeowner’s favorite, offering a breathing space, a break from the hustle and bustle of the home. These trends, along with those that emerged from the crisis, give us a glimpse of what the home would look like moving forward into the post-pandemic era. 

Looking closely, you’ll realize that the home of the future will be greener and more sustainable. For real estate players, now is the best time to retrofit developments with green features. Let’s look at what exactly the home of the future is like and how greening supports its new demands.

The Home of the Future is Energy-Efficient

Since the pandemic struck, the home has become the hub for everything. It’s a place for rest or entertainment, as well as work, study, and recreation. The increased activity at home comes with high electricity bills. It’s no surprise that more Filipinos began seriously considering energy-efficient features, such as solar panels, in their homes. In the next few years, this demand will likely surge, especially with the work-from-home situation becoming a part of corporate culture moving forward. 

Green buildings suitably accommodate this growing interest in energy efficiency. After all, it’s exactly what they’re all about: reducing energy consumption to reduce carbon emissions that impact the environment. Technology leads the pursuit for energy efficiency in homes. In fact, even amenities in residential buildings, such as elevators, are going green.

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The modern people flow solutions offered by KONE, the global leader in the elevator and escalator industry, use revolutionary hoisting technology, which dramatically cuts down energy consumption. Aging elevators in operation today can benefit from this, not only modernizing the look and feel of the amenity, but also upgrading its functionality. 

If you want to remodel facilities in your residential project and make them green, partner with KONE, the first elevator company to achieve the best A class energy efficiency classification for a number of installations. With different modern designs available, you can find one that fits the theme of your residential development and improve the riding experience of your building occupants.

The Home of the Future is Health-Oriented

At the backdrop of a global health crisis, end-users want homes that promote wellness in every sense of the word. Better air quality, abundant natural light, and open spaces are not just luxuries today, but essentials for physical and psychological well-being. They strengthen the body, while easing the symptoms of cabin fever in the age of quarantine measures. A “healthy home,” which has these qualities, will remain in demand in the next months and years, as it can weather future pandemics.

While green buildings primarily reduce environmental impact, they also put the quality of life of occupants at the center of design. For one, they promote good indoor air quality, avoiding the use of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), substances that are harmful to one’s health. They feature greenery, in roofs or in amenity decks, filtering pollutants in the air. Put simply, green buildings make for a healthy home.

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Supporting green retrofitting initiatives in buildings, KONE goes beyond energy efficiency, offering wellness features in their elevator solutions. The world’s first connected elevator developed by the company, the DX Class, uses non-toxic materials. They provide health and well-being solutions as well, namely the elevator air purifier and escalator handrail sanitizer. The former improves air quality within elevators, reducing pollutants, germs, and odors. The latter, on the other hand, uses ultraviolet light in getting rid of unseen microbes from handrails. 

The Home of the Future is Tech-Enabled

For sure, you’ve seen countless forecasts saying that the home of the future is smart. In one of Lamudi’s roundtable discussions last year, experts said that the use of smart features will soon become mainstream in Filipino households. For elevating the convenience for homeowners, they will rise to stronger popularity. 

In the same way, green buildings support tech-oriented homes of the future. In fact, most of the sustainability amenities you see in modern developments today are powered by sophisticated technologies, such as artificial intelligence. 

The efficiency of KONE’s DX Class Elevators, for instance, hinges on an application programming interface (API) that provides necessary information regarding the equipment operating and service status. With this connectivity feature, you can extend the service life of your elevators, reduce inconvenience to building occupants, and improve user experience.

It also features an intelligent system that allows predictive maintenance for your elevators. With 24/7 Connected Services, you can detect potential issues before they become costly problems.

Increasing the functionality of elevators further, the DX Class Elevators have Elevator Call, a cloud-based solution that lets building occupants call the elevator literally from their smartphone. In the age of the pandemic, doing away with pushing elevator buttons can make a huge difference in terms of hygiene and convenience.

During the design process of a building, developers can likewise use the KONE Elevator Planner and KONE Car Designer. The former allows you to plot elevator configuration and shaft dimensions with customized CAD and BIM files. The latter, on the other hand, lets you create your own unique car interior by using different materials, lighting, and accessories. With 3D modeling, you can make your design come to life. With these advanced technologies, the home of the future is indeed powered by machines.

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The home of the future is energy-efficient, health-oriented, and tech-enabled. Green buildings provide support for these new normal demands, creating an improved experience for building occupants. Adopt sustainability practices today, starting with the people flow solutions in your residential projects. 

Get in touch with KONE for elevators that connect more than floors.

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