Foreword: “You are invited to enter the future building. A new perception environment where everything move on around you and can be totally interacted. The result will be a model of the building realized and monitored in all its lifetime. You are trained to the use of technologies by the building itself”
The building is a world in itself. It integrates energy efficiency strategies and materials, generation technologies (m-CHP), distribution technologies (HVAC), and energy stores (boilers, batteries) with end user behaviour (energy saving). The next energy revolution will probably be related to the availability of a complex set of technologies able to realise real energy-inter-independent solutions. Individuals may be supplied of technologies able to generate the energy they need: an essential contribution to the energy generation problem coupled to the energy consumption side. About 40% of total energy consumption is actually utilised at the building level. Buildings may provide a larger contribution in terms of energy savings and may become independent energy nodes, leading to the concept of the smart house of the future.