Plants, plants everywhere, so let’s all clean the air. Or however it goes. While we’ve all already got seven types of cactus in our living rooms, Budden’s practice works on making this an even bigger part of the homes that they design – and sees this as a trend that will escalate over the next few years.
“Biophilic design is design that mimics nature, which we know is beneficial, psychologically,” he says. “Air-purifying plants, like peace lilies, can absorb pollution in the air.”
This, of course, makes your home more eco. “People spend a lot of money on expensive gym memberships,” Budden adds. “But I think that the future will see more people learning about keeping your home itself healthy.”
Harnessing solar power, storing it in batteries and using that to fuel your home is set to become very mainstream. For Budden, the future is houses built with entire roofs created from photovoltaic (PV) panels. These collect sunlight and convert it into DC electricity, which is then moved into an inverter to become AC electricity. AC electricity is better suited to and is more efficient when it comes to powering a whole home.
“We built Carrstone House, in Malden, which achieved Passivhaus Plus status,” Budden says.
“It creates enough solar energy to power the home and to run an electric car, making the house carbon neutral and energy positive.”