Sustainability is and will remain an important trend

In our blog post “Kitchen trends 2014” we have already taken a first look at the trends in 2014. Now we would like to have a closer look at one of these trends. As our title already suggests, we will talk about sustainability.

Energy efficiency, freshness and the gentle preparation of food – these are the key words when it comes to sustainability in the kitchen. The industry has already recognized this and offers a variety of solutions. Modern kitchen appliances require steadily less electricity, keep food fresh longer and enable a quick and gentle preparation when cooking.

Today’s refrigerators have had different climate zones for long in which food is stored at optimal temperatures. Thus they do not only stay fresh longer, but their nutrients are being better preserved by this way. “This is less about the storage period but more about preserving the quality and healthy ingredients in the foods,” says Kirk Mangels, Managing Director of “Arbeitsgemeinschaft Die Moderne Küche  (AMK)”. In combination with a good energy efficiency class costs not only for electricity, but also for food can be saved in a noticeable frame per year. By now both for refrigerators and freezers as well as for washing machines and dishwashers the energy efficiency class A+++ has been available. These devices consume around 60 percent less energy than class A. Also, the increasingly integrated features in kitchen appliances ensure a greater sustainability. For example, you can find refrigerators with so-called “vitamin-safes”. Here, a green and blue LED light in the vegetable cooler ensures that Vitamin C is being preserved.

However, not only for the storage, but also for the preparation there are energy-friendly alternatives. Induction cookers are a good example: they react much faster than conventional hobs and heat the entire cooking pot instead of just the floor. By this way, time and especially energy can be saved. Also in the case of kitchen faucets sustainability is not being neglected: Many companies have offered kitchen faucets for some time that allow filtered or even boiling water, which makes water boilers – one of the most energy-consuming domestic appliances – superfluous.

These examples, however, are just a small selection of what the industry offers for sustainability in our kitchens today. The choice is far more comprehensive what shows that the topic is an important trend and will stay one.

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Example of multifunctional kitchen faucets (c) AMK

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Example of full surface induction fields (c) AMK

 

The kitchen of the future: a high tech control center featuring EIB bus, touch screen control, Internet and iPod integration

photo: Gira.
photo: Gira.

Toilets in the bathroom and intercoms on the front door were the innovations of yesterday. In future, our houses will be equipped with a degree of convenience that still seems like Science Fiction from today’s perspective. The computer system that experts say is destined to automate a vast array of very different functions goes by the name of bus. Even today, household appliances deploy a good deal of high-tech to save energy and make our lives easier. Central control will hugely increase that potential. Trend researchers and industry experts have no doubts that the bus will come. It might be a little late – but it will definitely come. And its first stop will be the kitchen.

It’s 7:30 on a winter’s morning. It’s still dark outside. The indirect lighting in the bedroom gradually comes on to the gentle sound of the Kings of Convenience. The bathroom has already been heated to a cosy 21° C, a tempting smell of freshly brewed coffee issues from the kitchen and the rolls are already baking in the oven.

And yet there’s nobody in the kitchen to make breakfast. Everything that’s happening is fully automated by the EIB system, the European Installation Bus, a control system for the home.