You look at modular architecture, and it's like how do we build people the most comfortable and affordable homes possible? People want a home that's comfortable, and really the feeling that a home is custom is what stands out.
Leading architects and builders are able to give people more variety and comfort than ever. We have great technology that lets engineers model a building's temperature down to the cubic centimeter, accounting for seasonality, terrain, and nearby homes. This is important, because it allows them to figure out how to best use materials and climate technologies to make homes as comfortable and affordable as possible. You can even go from a 3D design to having an exact cargo-space requirement and an optimized construction strategy.
Planned communities are built for sustainable use of energy and land, where the builders strive to use the best materials, technology, and layout for homes; this is great for homeowners, and it often allows builders and manufacturers of materials and home appliances to strike some good deals.
People want their home to feel like it's theirs, and they want to be wowed by the efficiency and quality year-round.
Many new communities are earning Energy Star New Home sorts of certifications, meaning that the construction and layout of the homes is designed for energy efficiency and best use of resources.
Leading architectural firms are designing some incredible spaces with software and materials that let us build structures that are more efficient than ever before. We need to be making ecological, cubic-centimeter-level guarantees for temperature in each room, and we have great automation and materials technology to design for that.
I'm curious how we can make temperature more consistent in homes and apartments. I really like radiant heat floors – water heated and cooled rooms. There's something about a convection design like that that seems to work well, but perhaps central air is more cost-effective or has less insurance risk? Central air really works best when there's duct dampers, otherwise it generally does not keep rooms within appropriate temperature ranges. If manufacturers are playing hanky panky with CFM certifications, do your own tests.
I wonder how we can bridge process optimization with mobile automation technologies. Especially in areas at-risk for natural disasters, it would be interesting to see builders doing terrain analysis both at surface and at depth so that they can make strong guarantees for the safety and construction of a home. These technologies will be important as we look at colonizing new planets, too, where it's not certain how existing architectural technology will fare. Can we build homes automatically? Can construction workers work from home, I wonder? Certainly all of the work involved with foundation, framing, and utilities can be done by sufficiently advanced process automation technology. You could even perform repairs inside of building stacks using remote repair drones.