Here’s Why Gen Z Should Opt for Autonomous Housing or Modular Housing
The debate between Millennials and Gen Z is an ongoing one, with one group dominating the other in different specs of life. Regardless of such debates, those parts of Gen Z are showing different patterns of behavior which is what makes them different than any other generation out there.
In today’s unpredictable times, Gen Z are known to be more pragmatic with their ability to learn on a consistent basis and understand that knowledge. Adding to this, Gen Z is known to be more cautious of their actions. As times become more turbulent, they search for stability in all their actions compared to their more flexible counterparts. Lastly, Gen Z is known to be more entrepreneurial and move along with the tech-based world we currently live in. As they desire for independent living, they also desire independent earning and an ability to start their own business ventures someday.
But how does all of this tie in to their living conditions in the future? Autonomous houses are self-sufficient, off-the-grid homes that derive their water from harvested rain and their own human waste. A technology that is new to the market, but also a favorite across many countries, autonomous houses are possibly one of the only ways you can contribute to the environment through your living condition.
Some prominent features of an autonomous house include:
- Water efficiency: Since there is no fixed water connection in an autonomous home, water use can be reduced by 10 to 20 times compared to a traditional home. It uses measures of recycling loop showers, compositing toilet, off-site laundry and zero lawn maintenance to be as efficient as possible. For hot water access, solar geysers can also be established. These are technologies that linearly increase water temperatures for warm water access. As the process of convection takes place, water stored in the panel heats up and rises to the tank placed above it.
- Mobility: Most autonomous houses have the ability to move from one place to another. This means that if a specific location is not suitable in terms of climate, resources etc., individuals can move around for any place that works best for them.
- Off-grid power: Energy use is probably one of the primary ways we can survive on. Autonomous homes use renewable energy such as solar, wind, etc. for the house to receive the power it needs. Solar panels with Barqbox Lithium batteries are only one of the many examples to generate necessary electricity. Such batteries are the best option as they are light and more compact in comparison to their lead acid battery counterparts. Thought slightly expensive, they also have a longer life and work well for extended periods of time.
On the other hand, modular housing is yet another solution that is the answer to the housing crises of Pakistan, and an appeal to the Gen Z population. Such houses are built in boxes. Raw materials are setup and accumulated in an off-site location and then transported to the location of installment. Compared to traditional building techniques, modular houses are time efficient, energy saving and cost effective.
Some prominent features of a modular house include:
- Reduced costs and time: As mentioned above, traditional building plans are expensive and time consuming. As the building process continues over a period of months or years, costs tend to increase and budgets are reevaluated. In the case of a modular house, costs and time is predetermined. This means that there is no worry of either factors and raw materials are accommodated well within the pre-decided budget. The house is also built in three hours, scaling it up to several houses that can be built over the same time it takes to conventionally construct one building.
- Waste management: On an occasional basis, when raw materials are left to lie around in a construction site, they are exposed to damage and theft. Since the time of construction is so long, sometimes materials stay in one place for months on end. Contrary, modular houses utilize all the raw materials within a few hours. There is no wastage and minimum damage on site.
- Resource efficient: When you observe a building being constructed, there are numerous heavy load trucks from mixers to containers, labor and materials being transported to and from the location. Modular housing require half of the items mentioned and only really need the houses to be transported to their location. Additionally, with a lack of skilled workers available, modular housing constructions are not hindered due to this reason. Instead, they can be built all year around, with minimal resources.
Modular Houses and Autonomous Houses, both, are proven to be beneficial for Gen Z populations as they grow older. It is the same generation that thinks about maximizing on opportunity, all while remaining cautious of the built environment they live in. We are hoping Gen Z proceeds opt for sustainable options such as these and motivates the future generations as well.