A house that can think for itself

Published on Monday, 12 September 2016

“We realised that people wanted the house of the future to be autonomous and make decisions for itself, not to damage the environment, and to be energy self-sufficient”

– Marcelo Llévenes, Head of Enel Brazil

Feedback from the people living in the house informs our ideas for how innovative solutions can improve efficiency and drive sustainability. This is also the ideal environment to test future pre-market solutions too - for instance a solar-powered see-through TV.

Holistic thinking to drive sustainability

The NO.V.A. project holistically looks at all areas of sustainable housing, starting with the construction that will generate 85% less waste and 80% fewer carbon emissions than standard houses of the same size.

These are some of the amazing things the house can do:

  • A kinetic floor, where residents can generate 0.1 watts of energy with every step
  • Detect fire and alert the fire brigade
  • Close the windows when it rains
  • Have solar panels on the roof to make it energy self-sufficient and allow it to operate as a micro-power grid, ensuring that surplus electricity can be stored in high-capacity batteries, or transferred to the local distribution grid
  • Rely totally on natural light during the day
  • Windows made of self-cleaning glass that gets lighter or darker depending on the amount of sunlight
  • Intelligent, remote-controlled appliances, which can decide what time of the day it is best to switch on
  • Smart meters to measure water, electricity and gas usage in real time
  • Intelligent cooling system that will eliminate the need for energy-sapping air-conditioning