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The H&V News Heatingcast #4: Future of HVAC - The advent of the Google boiler?

Our latest HeatingCast takes the theme of the Future of HVAC, as we look ahead to our Summit in October. Henry Lawson of BSRIA looks how the world’s technology giants might approach the world of smart HVAC

A whole host of technologies such as wearable devices not normally associated with managing the performance of our homes in areas such as heating could become a vital part of how we interact with buildings.

In this latest edition of the H&V News HeatingCast, Henry Lawson, senior analyst and ‘smart’ technology expert with BSRIA, discusses the changing way buildings react and adjust to an occupant’s needs. This will include the possible creation of a host of new technologies and systems that allow appliances to communicate with each other.

The shift towards connected appliances and controls will require new approaches to energy storage in homes to ensure that the potential of automated smart homes can be realised.

Mr Lawson notes that the decades of experience accumulated by HVAC specialists and manufacturers will remain vital to trying to understand the potential for smarter homes, meaning a complete takeover of the industry by tech giants such as Google or Amazon is unlikely.

Despite the massive expertise that Amazon and Google have with coding and data, he argues that these companies would require very specific knowledge on the application of HVAC technologies within buildings and the complex network of systems that support each other.

Closer collaboration then between the HVAC sector and software and technology specialists, both with established companies and organisations that may not even exist yet, is likely in the coming years to create devices and appliances capable of changing the behaviours of building owners.

You can listen to the second part of the Interview with Mr Lawson here, or by hitting play below.

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