The Centre for Smart Homes and Buildings will help develop the use of smart technology in the built environment.
The Building Research Establishment has launched the Centre for Smart Homes and Buildings to demonstrate the Internet of Things and trial the smart services and products that are becoming a key part of the built environment.
This hub for industry, academia, and Government features several partners including EDF, BT, and Telefonica, all of whom are keen to embrace a market that the BRE says was worth more than $22bn in 2017, with more than 20bn IoT-enabled devices estimated to be around by 2020.
The Centre includes a smart home lab - a home in Watford - that will be used to test smart tech. Devices currently trialled include those used for heating, energy use, safety and security, lighting, and air quality.
"The BRE Centre for Smart Homes and Buildings provides an opportunity to help address issues that are common across industry, shaping policy, defining standards, supporting innovation, and demonstrators," says Ash Pocock, head of Industry, Regulation and External Affairs for Smart Metering at EDF Energy.
The BRE also says it is also working with the Royal National Institute of Blind People to explore how smart homes and buildings can be developed to help the elderly and those with disabilities live independently.