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BSRIA expert speaking at Ecobuild 2018 ConferenceJanuary 2018

Henry Lawson Market Research Consultant

BSRIA is delighted to announce that Henry Lawson, Senior Market Research Consultant in BSRIA’s World Market Intelligence, is speaking at the ecobuild 2018 conference to be held on Tuesday 6th March at Excel in London. The seminar is called: the smart, connected and automated home and energy and Henry will be focussing on “smart technology readiness and future proofing homes”.

The UN Sustainable Development Goals, the New Urban Agenda and the Paris Agreement provide the focus for the 2018 ecobuild conference.

How can our government’s commitment to these global targets be implemented in areas of water and energy, natural capital, circular economy, behaviour change, housing, technology, professional ethics, construction quality and leadership? What is our sustainability performance to date?

Debating the issues will be leading figures including Paula Caballero, the driving force behind the Goals; journalists Polly Toynbee and Rowan Moore; campaigner Tony Juniper, Baroness Young of Old Scone and John Elkington with sessions hosted by industry experts.

13:30 – 14:45

Chair: Jeremy Yapp, Flexible Energy Systems Portfolio Manager, BEAMA

The smart meter roll out and smart meters as an enabler for the connected home
Jeremy Yapp, Flexible Energy Systems Portfolio Manager, BEAMA

Smart technology, intelligent automation and the connected home
Toby Ferenczi, Managing Director, OVO Vcharge

The consumer – the potential for energy savings in the connected home
David Weatherall, Head of Policy and Thought Leadership, The Energy Saving Trust

Smart technology readiness and future proofing homes
Henry Lawson, Senior Market Research Consultant

Henry said:

“Demand for smart technology in the home is growing rapidly in the UK, a trend that BSRIA expects to continue. However, the very explosive pace of smart home technology development raises its own questions and challenges.

I will be looking at questions such as what can householders do to ensure they get the best out of smart technology and that to ensure that today’s ‘smart home’ does not become tomorrow’s obsolete home.

I will also be looking at what developers can or should do to support this trend, and what the role of regulators should be.

With the Internet of Things (IoT) meaning that almost every device inside and outside of buildings can be given a degree of ‘intelligence’ and linked in to the internet and with Cloud Computing offering almost limitless power to collect and analyse information about every aspect of building services, smart buildings are rapidly moving from a ‘niche’ area into one that will impact on everybody who lives or works in buildings.

We urge as many people as possible to attend this seminar.”

The rollout of smart meters across the UK will see 53 million smart meters installed in homes by 2020. Smart meters will be an enabler for the smart, intelligent, automated and connected home. Combined with smart devices and technology – they will change residents’ relationships with energy consumption, offering greater control and efficiency. This session will explore technological advances and the smart home, the role of the consumer and what smart means for energy in the home.

The session will also examine how to future proof homes, enabling the adoption of technologies as they become available.

The free event runs from: Tuesday 6th – Thursday 8th March.

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