Smart Green Home: the smart home of the future
Situated within a new building at the NUS School of Design and Environment, the Smart Green Home will be built as a 100sqm full-sized home for piloting innovations in a real-life environment. With at least one facade designed for plug-and-play experimentation, the Smart Green Home will look at human-centred smart materials and technologies that can contribute to the existing and future household needs in Singapore.
The Smart Green Home, which is slated to be completed by December 2017, will become an important aspect of Singapore’s research and national development, says associate professor Lee Siew Eang of the Department of Building at NUS School of Design and Environment.
Some research projects that will be undertaken include nanotechnology, which when applied to specific materials used in homes, can reduce their need for cleaning and maintenance, enable them to become non-slip thus improving safety, help them resist fungal growth and improve air quality and health, as well as provide acoustic absorption for better comfort.
Researchers will also look at envelope systems – in layman terms, the external wall of the apartment building, which comprises concrete surroundings, windows and doors – that integrate sensor-based controls and analytics based on the needs and comfort of occupants while being energy efficient.
For example, they will be experimenting with integrated systems that can regulate the use of windows automatically and activate air filters when the PSI exceeds 300 outdoors, or close all windows and doors when noise pollution is at its peak.
“We will be looking at integrated solutions that meet the multiple functional needs of a home. This may include lighting, thermal comfort, air quality, noise control and more,” says Lee.
Research related to sustainable and smart green homes is not new in Singapore. However, having a real-life environment for testing is.
“Research that is conducted in standard laboratories takes a long time to reach the market because technologies and innovations are not showcased in the right environment. Smart Green Home is a platform that can change that, and demonstrate to the industry and public how these systems work and how they can add value to our quality of life,” says Lee.