Smart Home Rating
It is our view that within 10 years most homes in the UK will be 'smart'. We don't see this being driven solely by home automation technologies or even the rate of technology adoption. The key driver for this will simply be financial considerations, like the fact that smart homes owners will save more money. A big factor in this will be the rapid increase in energy costs over the next few years.
There are big incentives and initiatives currently to make homes more energy efficient and all homes now feature an energy rating in the form of a Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). Here in the UK, this EPC is a legal requirement for anyone selling or renting their home, in order to inform potential buyers and tenants prior to purchase/rental. An EPC contains information about a property's energy use and typical energy costs, as well as recommendations about how to reduce energy use and save money. EPCs are valid for 10 years. The current energy rating is based on 'passive' measures to improve energy efficiency such as insulation and window glass properties.
A new 'Smart Home' rating will be based upon more 'active' measures, that will enable homes to be more secure, safe, efficient, convenient and usable. It most definately is NOT going to be a rating of how much technology (and associated complexity) but, will be a score that takes into account the factors that we consider important when defining what 'Smart Home' means.