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We live in a rapidly changing world: new technology and the rapid development in what our generation can achieve now is often is often at the forefront of this discussion.
|Figure SEQ Figure \* ARABIC 1: Villa Vals in Switzerland|
294pxHowever, it is important to understand that our planet is also changing. Climate change has seen the increase in irregular, and often dangerous weather patterns. Rising sea levels, an increase in extreme weather like hurricanes and flash flooding, and warming oceans are all due to the increase in global temperature.
|Figure SEQ Figure \* ARABIC 2: View from Villa Vals|
327pxWe know this is due to the rising CO2 emissions in the atmosphere: something that we can viably change by making green choices. By taking inspiration from and working with nature rather than against it, designers can shield buildings from high winds, generate natural insulation using the landscape, and build sustainable, long lifespan buildings that require little maintenance. Houses of the future should be designed with the aim to be zero carbon. This is now achievable with the increasing availability of geothermal heat pumps and solar cells.
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