‘The key to positive change starts at home – with every action, every choice, and every purchase,’ explains Oliver Heath, biophilic design expert, as, together with schneider electric, they identify design possibilities for the healthier homes of the future. With the double challenge of a global pandemic and the climate crisis, there has been at least one new, fresh, and uplifting wave seen on the horizon – conscious consumerism. The green trend has grown, fuelling sustainable innovations, and influencing human behaviors, both in the way and where we live.
‘We see homes evolving from smart to smart and sustainable’ remarks Manish Pant, executive vice-president, home and distribution of Schneider Electric, the international providers of efficient, sustainable, and digital solutions.
2020 has propelled the wellbeing of both people and planet to the foreground. Homes have become more important than ever during the pandemic. There are increasing pressures on how well our living spaces perform, from an environmental as well as user perspective.
Positive change starts at home, though, notes Oliver Heath, an expert in the field of sustainable architectural, interior, and biophilic design. He investigates the current issues surrounding sustainable design in an e-book for schneider electric, identifying business cases, exploring creative opportunities, and featuring two case studies. To start, the book diverts focus from short-term design trends in favor for long-term values. For example, previously the thinking was to lower a home’s impact on the environment by reducing its carbon footprint. The solutions, however, delve far deeper.
Heath and Schneider Electric recognize the deep impact – and thus the need – of human aspects to motivate sustainable behaviors. Trends must look beyond building materials and technologies towards home energy use and the growth of the wellbeing economy, such as sleep and mood innovations as well as smart controls to name but a few.
The recognition of this shift in focus also uncovers a dual approach to regenerative design with the health of humans and the planet, specifically the types of housing people live in, both new and existing. To create future homes, the designer must combine carbon- and human-centered approaches to sustainable design. The advantages are clear: a reduced impact on the environment, enhancing physical and mental wellbeing, and improving the quality of life and the activity within the home.
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