Today all buildings contain some form of home automation. It might be heating controlled by a
thermostat or motion detectors controlling outdoor lighting.
The Intelligent House, deals with the planning of a house in Kiruna, in the north of
Sweden and further immerses itself in home automation or intelligent control in single-family
homes. The house has been entirely planned, from layout to structural design and plumbing.
The purpose of the paper has been to investigate the possibilities in home automation in singlefamily
homes and to choose a suitable home automation system for the house being planned.
The system has been designed and the costs and energy savings have been calculated.
The system chosen for the house is called KNX and is the largest system for home automation in
Sweden. It is used to control heating, ventilation, lighting and alarm systems in the house. Is has
been found that KNX is very expensive and that the amount of energy, possible to save in the
house, using the system, is relatively small. The value of an intelligent control system in a singlefamily
home today lies primarily in the increase in comfort for the users and not in energy saving.
Even though the savings for a single household are relatively small, a widespread expansion of
home-automation systems could bring large socio-economic gains through reduced power
The trend suggests that more and more people will want to live in intelligent homes. The house
being planned here may come to set a new standard for how people want to live in the future.
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