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Jul 2013 Smart Homes | Comments Off on Embrace intelligent buildings for extra revenue

Embrace intelligent buildings for extra revenue

Embrace intelligent buildings for extra revenue

The potential of smart technology and automation solutions have been espoused by industry experts for years, but many contractors and end users haven’t yet taken full advantage of the products and options available to them. With lowering technology costs and increased interoperability on the rise, the partnership between smart technology and intelligent buildings will soon […]

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May 2013 Smart Homes | Comments Off on Building automation today brings greater functionality with lower carbon emission

Building automation today brings greater functionality with lower carbon emission

Building automation today brings greater functionality with lower carbon emission

In this article, Richard Hayward, discusses today’s significant shift in emphasis in building automation specification from ‘wow factor’ to low carbon using both hard-wired and wireless technologies, as well as systems that are interoperable across varied protocols. Even in a sector as fast moving as electrical specification, building automation is the new kid on the […]

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May 2012 Smart Homes | Comments Off on Beyond lighting control – wireless for smart homes

Beyond lighting control – wireless for smart homes

Beyond lighting control – wireless for smart homes

Smart technology and home automation have been discussed by industry experts for years, but until now it hasn’t seen the uptake expected. Things are changing, however. With the technology having developed to such a point that cost has lowered significantly, widespread uptake is starting to happen now. Jason Ng discusses why he believes smart technology […]

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Nov 2011 Smart Homes | Comments Off on Home automation system fully integrated into home

Home automation system fully integrated into home

Home automation system fully integrated into home

When Howard and Wendy Davis considered adding automation to their newly extended house, they were looking for a system that could manage as many aspects of household operation as possible. They wanted more than simply managing lights and heating; their automated home would need to incorporate security, lighting and heating, as well as multi-room entertainment. […]

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Jul 2011 Smart Homes | Comments Off on Get on the energy bus

Get on the energy bus

Get on the energy bus

When installing a home automation system, contractors should consider using a basic bus system. End users can use the bus system to take simple targeted action to reduce their energy consumption in the future, argues Paul Collins: Rising utility prices and legislation are all driving the energy efficiency agenda. With metering and sub metering now […]

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Jul 2011 Smart Homes | Comments Off on A mass market for intelligent homes

A mass market for intelligent homes

A mass market for intelligent homes

No longer the preserve of the rich and famous, rapid advances in technology have brought intelligent automation systems to a growing number of homes and work places, allowing control of everything from lighting, heating, communications and entertainment at the touch of a button. Marie Parry looks at the options available. Whether you are upgrading an […]

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Sep 2010 Smart Homes | Comments Off on Time for some smart thinking…

Time for some smart thinking…

Time for some smart thinking…

Magazines may be packed full of exotic products, fabulous buildings and luxury houses with, let’s face it, some dubious interior designs. The world, it seems, is the oyster of the installer that can make it all happen. So why is it that you are still up in lofts installing twin and earth most days? Andy […]

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Mar 2010 Smart Homes | Comments Off on Technologies for custom installations

Technologies for custom installations

Technologies for custom installations

The growth of wired and wireless technologies means that the industry faces a great deal of choice when it comes to smart homes and networking solutions. Electrical contractors can take advantage of their high specification features, flexibility and convenience to add value to projects and offer custom installations, as Andrew Pemberton explains. With advances in […]

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Jul 2009 Smart Homes | Comments Off on Creating a happy home using ‘smart’ technologies

Creating a happy home using ‘smart’ technologies

Creating a happy home using ‘smart’ technologies

Homeowners are investing in projects to improve their homes rather than moving, with the hope of eventually adding value to their properties ready for when the market picks up. This means that electrical contractors involved in home improvements are well advised to highlight the benefits of using ‘smart home’ technologies, Andrew Pemberton explains. The economic […]

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