Welcome to the BYTE, where we serve up the latest home and tech news from the last week for you to sink your teeth into.
This week we’re taking a BYTE out of a strong housing year, moving through cities, Tesla in a store near you, fire damage, and building new from the old. Dig in!
How Did The Last Season End Again?
2017 ended on a high note with a slight uptick in homeownership. While the increase is only by .5% it is still a good sign considering it hasn’t gone up since 2003-2004. We also saw a rise in the number of adults sharing a household with other adults, mainly driven by parents starting to move in with their adult children. In 2017 almost 80 million adults, or 31.9%, lived in a shared household.
How Does The Next Season Look?
Housing is still looking good for 2018 and demand doesn’t look like it has any plan of slowing down. However, some places are looking to have an exceptionally good 2018. According to Realtor.com: Nevada, Texas, Florida, California, and Utah are slated to have a great year this year with continued growth, high demand, and booming economies.
This past week, 15 technology and transportation companies announced a voluntary set of guidelines to steer the future of city transportation, The Shared Mobility Principles for Livable Cities. Some big name signatories include: Uber, Lyft, Zipcar, LimeBike, and more. The goal is to address equity, environmental, and social concerns when it comes to moving around cities, whether it be biking, walking, driving, or ride-sharing. The group of companies wants to decongest cities and give them a specific place to look for advice and betters ways to design with the latest technology.
Coming To A Store Near You
Tesla is setting up shop in Home Depot. Tesla’s Solar Roof is setting up mini stores in 800 Home Depot’s nationwide. They will sell their solar panels and Powerwall batteries. This is a push by Tesla to showcase its panels in the real world. When announced over a year ago they were a big hit online but now as they begin to expand, this is a way to get a lot of actual eyes on a product many have only seen online.
Natural disasters didn’t take it easy on the U.S. last year, so to prep for this year Redfin looked at how much of U.S. housing is at risk of wildfire damage. 7.7% of the U.S. housing value, or $1.5 trillion worth of homes is at risk in 2018. To make things worse, the most at risk areas are also the most expensive markets and have very limited inventory as it is. Data also shows wildfires have become more damaging over the years. Stay safe everyone.
Like A Phoenix
Each year 530 million tons of construction waste is dumped into U.S landfills. Now an architecture firm has developed a way to turn wood scraps, sheathing, flooring, and organic insulation into a new brick-like material. They do this by binding them all together using mycelium, which also creates mushrooms.
What Everyone Cared About Yesterday
We all know why we really watched the big game yesterday, the ads. Here are the best and weirdest ones from yesterday.