Shaping the future of intelligent buildings
Industry-changing Research & Development
What is Energy House 2.0 ?
At the University of Salford, you’ll find a world-leading facility called Energy House 2.0. This is essentially a massive chamber that can simulate a wide range of real-world weather conditions including wind, rain, snow and much more. The chamber can even replicate any temperature between -20°C & +40°C.
This laboratory is the largest test and research facility of its type in the world. It’s being partly funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) which has helped the university offer best-in-class research and academic expertise in smart living.
What have we implemented ?
Having all of this renewable technology in a home is great but if you’re working with multiple standalone systems, that’s not very smart. That’s where we got involved to integrate, optimise, monitor and automate all of this fantastic innovative technology. During this project, we worked very closely with the University of Salford, Saint-Gobain and Barratt to ensure that all of the different systems in the home have been brought into one intelligent ecosystem – thanks to Loxone technology.
Of course, we didn’t just stop there. We’re controlling everything from lighting and heating all the way through to electrical vehicle charging and internal blinds. This allowed us to implement many energy-saving features such as automatically turning lights off when someone leaves the room, turning off the heating if a window is opened and turning off standby devices when they’re not needed anymore.
As we’re controlling the heating and blinds, we can also intelligently optimise how the home attempts to regulate its temperature. In cooler weather, we can utilise solar gain by opening the blinds to passively heat rooms before activating the heat source. In hot weather, we can track the position of the sun and tactically lower the blinds to cool rooms automatically.
By implementing these features in eHome 2, we can effectively quantify the real-world impact of the smart features that we implement on a daily basis.
Technical & Development Director, Saint-Gobain Off-Site Solutions
“The eHome2 project represents a leap forward in sustainable housing. It has provided a platform for smart technologies and enabled us to learn how to optimise and connect the utilities.
With Loxone’s smart control system, designed & installed by Zmart Hohm, we’re not just building homes, we’re designing future-ready living spaces that prioritise comfort, efficiency and environmental responsibility. Given the abundance of technology in the home, we needed a solution that seamlessly merged the various components of smart technology as well as the complicated heating, hot water and ventilation systems into a user-friendly and intuitive system.
Loxone’s system is making it easier for the occupant and connects the home functionality for future-proofing the home. The future of home automation is here, and it’s incredibly exciting.”