There is no doubting the force of the health trend that is currently sweeping consumers across Australia, US, UK, and now even though emerging markets. People of all ages, shapes and sizes are shaping up, juicing, riding and stretching their way to a longer, healthier and more satisfying way of life. It is certainly a good thing, promoting an active, more natural way of living, and on the plus side, it is very good for business.
And as fitness technology continues to grow in its capabilities, there is another trend in the health and wellbeing space that is beginning to pick up speed. Imagine building your next home so that the natural elements we rely on every moment of our lives – air, water, light – are naturally controlled and measured to support our body (and mind’s) needs.
Light not only helps us to see but it also affects our cognitive abilities, alertness and mood. We are built with an internal clock, which changes based on the exposure to dark and light. This keeps our body on a cycle of approximately 24 hours and is known as the circadian rhythm. Scientists and architects have now developed combinations of daylighting and artificial light to provide an optimal environment for your circadian system.
Using pre-programmed timing mechanisms, circadian lighting can assist in regulating important biological processes such as sleep, appetite, hormonal balance, temperature and energy levels. The lighting delivers conditions that imitate the outdoor light based on the time of day in order to keep your body clock more in line with the real world. In the morning when you wake up, the light gradually produces a bright, white light with a blue spectral component aimed to energise you. And as bedtime nears, the relax lighting begins to produce a soft, amber light which indicates to the body that it is time to relax and get ready for sleep.
As well as the lighting automation, the future home will also have sophisticated water and air purification systems. Constant monitoring of air and water purification levels will ensure that any unwanted particles are removed and a minimum standard of purity is maintained.
The technology is currently being implemented successfully in the luxury home market in the mature markets of the US, Canada, UK and Australia. However, as production costs come down and competition heats up in the residential volume home builder space, expect to see these futuristic home additions making their way into the mainstream.
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