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.

Solar Panel Basics

Solar Panel Basics

Global warming is a huge problem which will significantly affect every country in the world. Many people all over the world are trying to do whatever they can to help combat the effects of global warming. One of the ways that people can fight global warming is to reduce their dependence on non-renewable energy sources like oil and petroleum based products.

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