Future Trends in Smart Homes and Buildings

Authored by: Wolfgang Kastner , Markus Jung , Lukas Krammer

Industrial Communication Technology Handbook

Print publication date:  August  2014
Online publication date:  August  2014

Print ISBN: 9781482207323
eBook ISBN: 9781482207330
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/b17365-70

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Abstract

For home and building automation technologies, two main trends can be observed. The first one arises from the ongoing demand to improve the energy efficiency of buildings. The reason for this trend can be found in decades of continuous increase in the energy prices. Commercial buildings being responsible for about 23% of the worldwide energy consumption are the focus of research on how energy efficiency can be improved and how renewable energy sources can be used to cover the energy demands of buildings [1]. An extensive introduction of the building automation systems in commercial buildings and urban complexes is going to be decisive in achieving the ambitious energy goals that have been set by several regional and national governmental institutions.

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