Building value with smart technology: How to future-proof your property
Modern building technology is now an essential hallmark of high-quality new builds. But existing buildings can also benefit from smart networking technology. Including smart technology in your renovation project can significantly increase the long-term value of your property.
Secure the value of your propertyConvenience, comfort and improved quality of life are the main reasons why property owners choose to install smart networking technology in their homes.
But cutting-edge technology is about more than simply having the latest sound systems and voice-controlled lighting to set the mood; it's also about high standards of security. Automated scenarios can simulate your presence when you're on holiday. Networked gas and smoke alarms raise the alarm at the first hint of a problem, and window pane sensors can report broken glass – protecting you against costly damage, helping to keep the building in good condition, and increasing the value of the property with the latest security systems.
Energy efficiency for long-term value gainsThe issue of sustainability and the careful use of resources are also important criteria to increase the value of a property. When smart technology is used to support efficient energy management, you can not only save on heating, electricity and water, but you can also monitor the room climate in your smart home with temperature and CO2 sensors, which can be controlled via an app on your smart phone. Your own energy sources, such as photovoltaic systems or heat pumps, can be monitored and controlled remotely from your mobile device. Smart bathroom fittings, networked meters and an automatic sprinkler system in the garden regulate your water consumption. All of these measures boost energy performance and increase the value of your property.
Networked today to meet the needs of tomorrowLast but by no means least, modern building technology is also an essential component of safe, barrier-free housing for the older generation. A truly intelligent smart home enables people with disabilities to live independent lives in their own homes into old age. If your needs change over time, it's important that your home can adjust to your new circumstances. To provide maximum protection for the future, the system must be able to be expanded with new functions at any time. Holistic solutions that are compatible with the next generation of products and prepared for all future eventualities are key to long-term value retention.
Building value systematically: KNX for a future-proof smart homeopt for a wired or wireless solution. If you are doing major building work and replacing entire walls, you can use this opportunity to install new cables for the KNX system. This will enable you to network all of the technical components in your home via Gira X1 or Gira HomeServer, and control all of your home's functions – from lighting to sun blinds – on various end devices. This fixed electrical installation is the key to your future smart home. The globally recognised KNX standard is used by over 400 international manufacturers, guaranteeing maximum independence and flexibility when you expand the system at a later stage.
eNet SMART HOME: A flexible retrofitted solution – for flexible value creationAn alternative to the wired bus system is the wireless Gira eNet SMART HOME solution.
As the wireless system does not require you to open up walls or lay any cables, it can be installed as part of even the most minor renovation projects and easily expanded at a later stage.
In most cases, wireless systems will increase the value of a property in the long term. If you're thinking about selling or renting out your home, you could even take the Gira eNet SMART HOME system with you, although this would reduce the attractiveness of the property for potential buyers or renters.
Smart technology is increasingly becoming part of the standard specification of homes. According to the latest forecasts, by 2022, up to 7.9 million households in the UK could be fitted with networking and control technology that makes them eligible for the badge of 'smart home'. As a result, properties without cutting-edge technology could be left behind and lose value.
Regardless of whether you own a new or period building, an apartment or a house, a rental or a home for your family: With smart building technology, you can make any home fit for the future and turn your property into a safe capital investment.
How do you build the value of your property? Tell us why you plan to install smart technology when you renovate your home.