How Forward-Thinking Are You?
Question: 1 of 4
In the future there could be _____-proof homes.
- All of the above
Answer: Tornado. Tornado-Proof Home
Ted Givens, an architect with Hong Kong's 10Design, has created a prototype for a tornado-safe home by using Hydraulic levers that pull the Kevlar-coated house into the ground when high-velocity winds pass by. The high-tech structure's roof then locks so water and wind can't enter. See a drawing of this useful home innovation on Forbes.com.Next Question
How close are we to net-zero energy homes being built?
- 5 years
- 10 years
- 1 year
- The Future is here
Answer: The Future is here.
In the fall of 2009, The Dow Chemical Company collaborated with Cobblestone Homes on a net-zero energy home. The two companies worked together to develop plans and select technologies that would insulate and seal the building envelope as well as generate renewable energy. The Invision Zero Home demonstrates the realities of affordable net-zero energy homes today.Next Question
In the future, urban treehouses could be created to help maximize space within cities:
A home sustainability solution I would be excited to see in the future includes:
- Water treatment plants that collect rain water for all home water needs
- Appliances connected wirelessly to local utility companies that reduce power as needed
- A wind-powered elevator
- Recycled water bottles comprising the structure of my house
Zany Past Predictions From General Futurists (Non-Dow)
|1900||By 2000, hot or cold air would come from spigots|
|1928||Rooftop lakes would cool the house|
|1928||Vitaglass would emit fair weather, creating a permanent “summer day” effect|
|1954||Bathrooms would have a suntan lamp and ozone germ lamps to ward off colds|
|1960||Dishes would be washed by ultraviolet rays|
|1960||Small nuclear power plants would be part of a house's plyon|