Date: Wednesday 01 September 2010
A junior think tank has predicted that flying cars, personalised robots and homes made entirely out of recycled materials will all be commonplace in 22nd century Britain. The research, commissioned by housebuilder Taylor Wimpey, asked a panel of over 1,000 seven to 11 year olds how they thought we would live in 100 years time, with some interesting results.
Environmental issues featured heavily in responses, showing that younger generations already appreciate the impact the environment will have on the way we live in the future. Only 8% of children thought we would still be heating our homes in the same way we do today. Instead, over half (56%) thought homes would be heated by solar power and 35% thought wind turbines would provide energy to heat our homes. A move to greener methods of transport was also predicted with 61% of children believing that we would all be driving electric cars by 2110. Other possible methods of transport included solar-powered cars, hover boards, moving pavements and teleporting.
The panel also expected the advancement of technology to continue to shape our lives. Over 30% believed that robots would carry out most of our household chores and other gadgets of the future included self-cleaning toilets, clothes that don’t need washing and ADMs (Automatic Dinner-making Machines). Our homes will be made out of high tech materials, not yet invented (64%) or recycled products (54%) and the growth in the world’s population will necessitate man-made islands floating in the sea (33%), underground bases (31%) and space stations orbiting earth (31%). However, 69% of respondents said they still wanted their communities of the future to have plenty of green open space such as woods, fields, parks and lakes.
The futuristic research was carried out by Taylor Wimpey to mark the launch of its ‘Changing Lives, Changing Communities’ project, a nationwide curriculum-based schools history project for schools in England, Scotland and Wales.
Karen Cullis, head of marketing for Taylor Wimpey, who is heading up the project, comments: “Our schools campaign looks at the way our homes and our lifestyles have changed over the last century, so we thought it would be fun to ask children how they thought we might live 100 years in the future. We were really impressed with the creativity and imagination of the panel as well as their clear understanding of the impact of environmental issues on the way we might live in the future and the role that technology could play in shaping our lives. One respondent even predicted virtual schools in the future – but I think that might just be a case of wishful thinking!”
The Changing Lives, Changing Communities free teaching resource for key stage 2 can be downloaded at taylorwimpey.co.uk/schools
About the research:
Research was conducted on behalf of Taylor Wimpey by the national research company, Childwise. The results are based on the response of 1000 Key Stage 2 pupils (age 7 – 11 years) in July 2010.
About Taylor Wimpey:
Taylor Wimpey UK, part of Taylor Wimpey plc, builds around 10,000 homes a year across the UK, from apartments and starter homes to detached family properties.
Taylor Wimpey is a thoughtful, responsible housebuilder, committed to health and safety, supporting local communities, promoting environmental sustainability, encouraging innovative design and providing excellent customer service.
1. Taylor Wimpey is committed to helping people get on the property ladder and sold c.30% of our homes to first time buyers in 2009.
2. Taylor Wimpey contributed over £68 million to local communities via sections 106 and 75 payments in 2009.
3. A Taylor Wimpey home today requires one fifth of the energy needed to heat the same type of home built in the 1930’s and a third of the energy requirements of a similar home built in the 1980’s.
4. Taylor Wimpey built 685 homes under the Code for Sustainable Homes and 2,104 homes to EcoHomes standards in 2009.
5. Last year Taylor Wimpey’s new house type range was launched providing high quality, energy efficient, sustainable homes. Properties have been designed to meet levels three and four of the Code for Sustainable Homes and are capable of adaptation to meet 2013 building regulations.
6. Taylor Wimpey was awarded 4 stars in this year’s HBF Customer Satisfaction Survey with 87% of our customers stating they would recommend one of our homes to a friend. Taylor Wimpey’s Customer Service Charter fully acknowledges the requirement of the 2010 Consumer Code.
7. Taylor Wimpey continues to support the UK construction industry’s Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) which aims to improve quality and reduce accidents. 98.6% of our workforce, including subcontractors, were carded under the scheme by the end of 2009.