New technologies, smart systems, comfort and convenience are the keywords of the house of the future built as part of the NO.V.A. (Nós Vivemos or Amanhã or We are Living Tomorrow) crowdsourcing project. The initiative was launched by Ampla, the Enel Group's Brazilian business that distributes energy to around 2.8 million people in 66 municipalities in the state of Rio de Janeiro.
The interactive digital platform allows users to share their ideas on how to build a sustainable house in Niterói, just across the Guanabara Bay from the city of Rio de Janeiro, by using innovative technologies to solve everyday problems.
The sustainable home project encompasses collaborative economics, green architecture and design and healthy lifestyles, gathering ideas shared by consumers who are aware of the importance of preserving natural resources. Since last November, 1,000 members have submitted around 1,500 ideas, ranging from water recycling systems to the creation of devices that measure the nutritional content of meals. Numerous suggestions have been made on how to use energy more efficiently, such as the use of an innovative transparent material that allows solar power to penetrate the walls and reduce the use of electricity, while darkening the walls at night in order to ensure privacy.
The platform will accept submissions until next June. The most active members will be rewarded with a trip to Expo 2015, of which Enel is an Official Global Partner, dedicated to food, energy and sustainable innovation and will be held in Milan from 1 May to 31 October. A committee composed of representatives from Ampla, universities, crowdsourcing experts and members of the Arthur Casas architecture firm (who will design the home) will select the best ideas to build the house.