- Many manufacturers have been moving towards healthier building materials for home construction, clean forms of renewable energy, and air filtration systems. Business strategists have recently identified trends that would influence future construction and home building. What they found was a theme of homes that promoted health, wellbeing and wellness.
In this healthy home movement, the Internet of Things (IoT) plays a critical role.
To create a home that is good for the planet, one must first create an energy or thermally efficient home—but to do this effectively you also need an array of sensors along with a standalone energy recovery ventilator (ERV) that connects to your heating and air conditioning systems and constantly draws fresh, clean air into your home while removing stale air.
The IoT some companies use may collect around 300 real-time data points in a home, and control more than 30 different elements throughout the home. The IoT devices (sensor networks and controls) within the home are also privately secured and orchestrated to drive occupant health and home energy efficiency.
While it is IoT devices and sensors that activate, monitor and report on home functions, the ultimate driver of this activity is the software that runs it.
Software-defined home is a new title with means that the house is full of built-in sensors checking air quality, energy consumption, building durability and overall state of the home. Dfferent aspects of each home can be controlled to create the healthiest, most efficient home possible.
IoT and software monitor data points, owner patterns, and even the external environment, such as the outdoor air quality in a fire-prone area. Based on the health and operational parameters defined for each home, airflow can be automatically adjusted, as can HVAC system settings, lighting, and temperature. The goals are to meet owners’ expectations and to drive health.
Designing healthy home environments isn’t necessarily easy, given the diversity of IoT devices and the challenge of integrating them.
The home IoT devices that we see today are really command-and-control devices or enhanced switches. People wanted to be informed in real time by the state of a home and the historic performance of that particular home, all while being secure and private. That’s why a specific in-home solution needs to be created to constantly monitor and adapt to hundreds of real-time data points.
SolbegSoft supports that movement and tries to integrate as many of IoT sensors as possible to upgrade the office to a greener level. For instance, only eco-friendly LED lamps were used for lighting, as we are along with “going green” activities.