Smart Homes for Electrical Installers Unit 1: What ‘Smart Home’ Means
The purpose of this unit is to understand the nature of a smart home project and the reasons that an installer or a householder might want to undertake the project.
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Allan Burns is the IET’s technical lead on smart homes. He started out as a science teacher then transitioned to the renewables sector.In 2012, he could see the way technology was evolving and he upskilled to become a specialist in sustainable smart homes and places. He was one of the first in the industry to focus on the energy efficiency considerations in smart homes.
Allan runs two businesses which together cover the complete ecosystem of surveying, consultation, design and installation of smart technologies to create smart green places. An active and contributing member of the IET Built Environment Panel, since 2015 Allan has contributed to IET publications including The Code of Practice for Energy Storage, The Designer’s Guide to Energy Efficient Electrical Installations and a white paper Digital Twins for the Built Environment.
• Understand the scope of a smart home project and how this course is intended to help.
• Understand how a smart home project might differ from a standard installation.
• Understand the benefits a smart home can offer to the householder.
• Understand the wider social benefits a well-designed smart home can offer now and in the future.