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Designing the home to meet the needs of tomorrow... today: deconstructing and rebuilding the home for life.

ENHR Conference, 26-30 June 2000

Author: Dewsbury, G. A., Edge, H. M.
Type: Conference Paper
Year: 2000


This paper considers the role of smart home technology in relation to current housing design principles. The changing role and function of the house are explored and discussed. The concepts of "barrier-free" lifetime homes and universal design are considered and United Kingdom community care and Building Regulations are investigated in relation to the design process. It is contended that the current role of assistive technology in relation to people with disabilities and older people can be developed through the use of smart home technology. This paper examines smart homes and suggests that through the adoption of smart home technology, occupants can gain independence and become more empowered. The paper highlights the European Union funded research project CUSTODIAN which has developed a piece a software that enables specified smart homes and smart home solutions to be created ny non-technically minded individuals.

Further Details

Pages: 16 p.
Publish Location: Gavle
Accession Number: 11.3.04
Keywords: housing improvement, design, telecommunication
Reads: 208