We’re living in the greatest time in the history of mankind. With modern technology and medicine, I expect that we will find our children and grandchildren living substantially longer – maybe up to 150 years or more. This will necessitate significant changes in construction, consumption, energy efficiency and conservation of our natural resources. So what is the key to a healthy future?

How will this affect home construction?
We will begin dealing with concerns we’ve never had before. Much more attention will be paid to the health, safety and comfort of our indoor environment. Homes will be equipped with air monitoring systems that will constantly adjust air quality and maintain them at healthy levels. This will be the ventilation of the future.
Light therapy will be utilized to make us healthier, both physically and mentally. The right light in a working environment or in the home does make us feel better. This will be achieved initially through our choice of light bulbs. Eventually home lighting systems will be adjusted automatically, through your request or through a monitoring system in the home, that senses your needs.
You may have seen or heard about these little devices that produce the sounds of rain, birds, flowing streams and more. Homes will be equipped with these bio wave sound generators utilizing music, voice and other sounds. The effects of low-frequency sound and vibration are being utilized in hospitals and therapy centers around the world. The results are a positive lift to health, moods, pain reduction, sleep, stress reduction, concentration, learning and creativity.

Homes with the health built right in
The plumbing in homes will be designed for water conservation water will be a precious and expensive commodity as our population grows and lives longer. Homes will be set up to collect and store their own water with highly engineered roofs as the collection system. In certain areas of the country wastewater from showers, toilets and drinking water may be collected separately, treated and returned to their specific area for future use.

We’ll also have to conserve our natural resources by recycling and creating more biodegradable products. Landfill space for waste we produce is limited. The population is growing and living longer which means more waste. You might see neighbors and neighborhoods creating their own recycling centers. Homeowners may be required to install biodegradable disposal systems as more products are created to be biodegradable. It’s just a matter of time.

Homes will have to be built with a family’s protection in mind. Already, many homes are being built with safe rooms to protect against mother nature’s wrath, but the safe rooms are also being utilized as protection against intruders. The population is going to grow, jobs will become more scarce and people with homes and material possessions will quickly become targets. Security systems and in-home protection will become a necessity. You’ll see more gated communities, and more neighbors and neighborhoods banding together to seek solutions to crime and safety.

What one aspect of construction in the future do you see as the most intriguing?

Utilizing magnetic fields to control heating and cooling, as well as improving our health, will be the next big thing in building technology. Right now, magnetic technology, research and products are being fragmented. Someday soon some bright person is going to pull all the theories and technology together and possibly combine magnetics with light and or chemicals, and the results will be astounding. Imagine on a cold day being able to engage a magnetic field around your home or to retain the heat and force out the cold same thing on a hot summer day, turn on the magnetic field and force the heat out and keep the cool temperatures inside. Magnetics will also be used to improve our health. There already being used to enhance healing, improve sleep and increase physical and mental performance.

Certain areas of the United States have experienced severe power outages. Can builders do anything about this for homeowners?
Well of course the government will mandate that new homes be built up to certain energy standards, and if a home doesn’t reach that standard, I can see a time when bureaucrats will just shut off power to homes that are deemed “Inefficient.” Maybe these inefficient homes will get power every other day to make up for the waste. Otherwise, you’ll see more homeowners requesting backup power sources for their homes. Right now, most homeowners pay a big mortgage payment each month. In the future, if alternative energy sources are developed, your energy bill is going to be your big payment. Due to an increase in the need for power and dwindling power resources homeowners will turn to solar, wind and mechanical backup power sources built into the home. In order to alleviate some of the expense of the systems, neighbors and even neighborhoods will join together to form energy co-ops. The share the cost and the power.

You’ve covered energy shortages – what about shortage of space as the population grows?

Japan, Korea and China have this problem and it could easily work its way into highly populated areas in the United States. It’s not too difficult to solve, the people in these areas will have to make some significant adjustments to their way of life. Living spaces will be much smaller and more expensive. Families will become larger due to life expectancy which won’t bode well for the smaller living spaces. People will have to get used to less space and fewer material possessions. You’ll see new construction aimed at these smaller living spaces called “cubicle living environments.” Imagine the cubicles people occupy at work in many offices. Huge high-rise buildings will be constructed using prefabricated cubicles, like building blocks.

What about individual responsibilities in the future? You as a home builder can only do so much to help.
It’s a very delicate balancing act between personal responsibility and government mandates. The downside of self-reliance will be the perception that more government monitoring is needed, to see that the populace is practicing conservation. We will become more and more responsible for preserving our natural resources. That’s a fact, and we can either take it upon ourselves or wait for bureaucrats to tell us what we can and can’t do.

Final thoughts
You need to take advantage of and seek out the most healthy and energy efficient construction methods available. You and your family will benefit in so many ways. You’ll live longer, happier and be able to be able to enjoy life to its fullest.

We’re living in the greatest time in the history of mankind. With modern technology and medicine, I expect that we will find our children and grandchildren living substantially longer – maybe up to 150 years or more. This will necessitate significant changes in construction, consumption, energy efficiency and conservation of our natural resources.

How will this affect home construction?
We will begin dealing with concerns we’ve never had before. Much more attention will be paid to the health, safety and comfort of our indoor environment. Homes will be equipped with air monitoring systems that will constantly adjust air quality and maintain them at healthy levels. This will be the ventilation of the future.
Light therapy will be utilized to make us healthier, both physically and mentally. The right light in a working environment or in the home does make us feel better. This will be achieved initially through our choice of light bulbs. Eventually home lighting systems will be adjusted automatically, through your request or through a monitoring system in the home, that senses your needs.
You may have seen or heard about these little devices that produce the sounds of rain, birds, flowing streams and more. Homes will be equipped with these bio wave sound generators utilizing music, voice and other sounds. The effects of low-frequency sound and vibration are being utilized in hospitals and therapy centers around the world. The results are a positive lift to health, moods, pain reduction, sleep, stress reduction, concentration, learning and creativity.

Homes with the health built right in
The plumbing in homes will be designed for water conservation water will be a precious and expensive commodity as our population grows and lives longer. Homes will be set up to collect and store their own water with highly engineered roofs as the collection system. In certain areas of the country wastewater from showers, toilets and drinking water may be collected separately, treated and returned to their specific area for future use.

We’ll also have to conserve our natural resources by recycling and creating more biodegradable products. Landfill space for waste we produce is limited. The population is growing and living longer which means more waste. You might see neighbors and neighborhoods creating their own recycling centers. Homeowners may be required to install biodegradable disposal systems as more products are created to be biodegradable. It’s just a matter of time.

Homes will have to be built with a family’s protection in mind. Already, many homes are being built with safe rooms to protect against mother nature’s wrath, but the safe rooms are also being utilized as protection against intruders. The population is going to grow, jobs will become more scarce and people with homes and material possessions will quickly become targets. Security systems and in-home protection will become a necessity. You’ll see more gated communities, and more neighbors and neighborhoods banding together to seek solutions to crime and safety.