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BSRIA to set out research on ‘smart home’ evolution

Organisation will use a session at next month’s Global Congress of Knowledge Economy in China to discuss the potential disruption to building services design from connected technologies

Defining the functions and systems behind a ‘smart building’ and considering how the concept may evolve in the future will be the key focus of an upcoming BSRIA talk that will be delivered at BIT’s 5th Annual Global Congress of Knowledge Economy next month in China.

Henry Lawson, senior market intelligence analyst with BSRIA, will deliver a session looking at different levels of “smartness” that currently exist in building projects around the world. These projects range from relatively simple mechanisation of systems to the use of machine learning and artificial intelligence.

BSRIA said it has researched the global smart building market to look both at emerging domestic technologies, as well as larger scale projects involving Building Energy Management (BEMS), smart HVAC systems and Building Automation Controls.

The association said, “A key finding of this research is that the smart homes market is generating most of the growth for smart buildings and that it is also having an influence on the commercial buildings market.”

BSRIA has identified a strong global trend among suppliers of digital consumer devices and services investing heavily into artificial intelligence to push into the smart homes market. The organisation said it expected this to a major driver of disruption within the wider building services sector. A third of smart home solutions are presently estimated to be sold to the light commercial market.

The session is intended to set out BSRIA’s experience in building services and how the sector is changing as a result of emerging technologies and greater connectivity.

Rapid growth in cloud computing technologies that can support Internet of Things (IoT) products is a major driver behind smart developments, according to the association. BSRIA said it believes will this trend likely have a major impact on the way buildings are specified in the future concerning comfort and even safety.

Mr Lawson said, “I am really pleased to have the chance to take BSRIA’s message to a wider global audience, and also to have the opportunity to meet with some of the leading voices in the field of the Knowledge Economy in general and smart buildings in particular.”

“To do so in China, one of the main centres of smart building development is particularly exciting.”

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