Autonomous building care

The autonomous house as envisaged by Robert and Brenda Vale, with its own solar panels, wind turbine, rainwater filters and composting toilet, is not without maintenance needs so how are they to be met? Some of the questions appropriate to ask in relation to the automated building are equally applicable here. How sophisticated are the systems? For how long will parts be available?

Can the systems be maintained easily by unskilled personnel, perhaps the building's owner or occupier?

Autonomous maintenance of a building suggests a need for on-site personnel to execute necessary maintenance; this in turn suggests either suitably skilled personnel or equipment appropriately selected to meet the capabilities of site 'staff', implying perhaps low-maintenance equipment. Such equipment would also need to have recognisable failure patterns and clear instructions on remedial or restorative actions to be taken in response to such events. The latter, low-maintenance solution is perhaps a more sustainable option than the previous, predicated on personnel with certain skills, for when personnel leave, as surely they will, similarly skilled replacements will be required and they may be difficult to source at the time.

Getting Started With Solar

Getting Started With Solar

Do we really want the one thing that gives us its resources unconditionally to suffer even more than it is suffering now? Nature, is a part of our being from the earliest human days. We respect Nature and it gives us its bounty, but in the recent past greedy money hungry corporations have made us all so destructive, so wasteful.

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