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The smart family home: Five case studies featuring intelligent Gira technology

The latest Smart Home technology is designed not just to boost comfort, convenience and security, but also to increase energy efficiency and improve your home’s sustainability performance. Here are five family smart homes packed with carefully planned and skilfully executed cutting-edge solutions to deliver the ultimate smart living experience.

An extraordinary feat of architecture: The Edge House

The Edge House in Krakow is built on the edge of a sloping precipice – resulting in a home that is truly extraordinary.

The latest Smart Home technology is designed not just to boost comfort, convenience and security, but also to increase energy efficiency and improve your home’s sustainability performance. Here are five houses packed with carefully planned and skilfully executed cutting-edge solutions to deliver the ultimate smart living experience.

An extraordinary feat of architecture: The Edge House

The Edge House in Krakow is built on the edge of a sloping precipice – resulting in a home that is truly extraordinary.

Elegant design: The UFO house

There’s a new kid on the block in one of Stuttgart’s most historic quarters – in the form of a spacecraft-like extension to one of the area's typical historic buildings. The S-shaped structure stands in stark contrast to the façades of the south of the city. In this building, innovative architecture meets modern, streamlined design. Both of its penthouse apartments are open-plan, with panoramic views over Stuttgart; inside, a white colour scheme dominates the interior. White limestone flooring and a fully white interior optically lengthen the flowing lines of the building and extend the exterior forms of the building to the inside space.

The Gira E2 design line features clear lines and a pure white colour option to perfectly coordinate with the overall aesthetic. The grey steel beams surrounding the large windows, black accents in the décor and the floating staircase to the second floor create contrast. The minimalist design continues on the second floor. With their bold design, architects Florian Danner and Markus Steiner have created a truly “out of this world” structure.

Smart technology in old and new buildings

Blinds that shut automatically when darkness falls, heating that adjusts to your day-to-day activities and lighting that you can control wherever you are – welcome to the Smart Home! Whether you live in a new home or a building that is brimming with history, you can turn it into a Smart Home using the latest technology. The type of solutions you choose will depend on the type of building and the needs of the people who live there. If you’re retrofitting smart technology into an older building, wireless solutions are the best choice, as these systems can be installed without any invasive and expensive renovation work. This was the approach taken by the owners of a historic property in Teutoburg Forest, which has been converted into a bright and contemporary home kitted out with the latest entertainment and building technology.

In new builds, wired systems [SB1] such as a KNX system are a popular choice. These systems use a standard that is compatible with devices and solutions from a range of manufacturers, and the initial installation can be expanded as required over time. This modern Bauhaus home shows what can be achieved when you dare to put your trust in pioneering new solutions – and how the latest technology can improve your quality of life. At the heart of the system is the Gira HomeServer, which enables occupants to control the functions of the building, such as individual lighting scenarios, from any room at the touch of a button.

Sustainability: A wooden Smart Home

Homes built from wood harbour many benefits; their cosy, back-to-basics style brings you closer to nature. Modern building technology designed to maximise comfort and energy efficiency is the last thing you might associate with life in a wooden construction. But sustainability and energy efficiency feature high on the list of priorities for architect Alexandra Schmitz, who has used modern building technology to optimise her home’s energy use. The heating, ventilation and blinds can all be controlled individually to suit the weather conditions.

The architect has also installed three powerful solar panels on the roof of the house. The heat collected by these panels is stored and then used wherever it is needed – for the underfloor heating system, to warm the outdoor pool or to heat the water in the system storage tank. With all of this technology on board, the latest wooden homes are not only built from the most environmentally friendly materials, but are also equipped for smart and sustainable living.

Energy efficiency: Smart ecological Bauhaus design

A minimalist design combined with maximum energy efficiency: This smart family home is based on a streamlined, structured and coordinated architectural concept that is packed with intelligent building technology to help its residents save energy. The owners of the property – who were keen to benefit from the latest technology – opted for a KNX system to network and control all of the building systems.

They selected the Gira HomeServer, which gathers and evaluates data from all areas of the home and issues the appropriate commands in response. This system can switch on the lights, open or close the blinds and control the heating to guarantee maximum efficiency at all times, based on the residents’ requirements and the weather conditions.

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