The UK targets an 80% reduction in CO2 emissions by 205010 and the Europe-wide goal for is a 20% share of renewable energy sources by 202011. We need to make major changes to our infrastructure and energy distribution networks if we are to meet these ambitions. What’s more, the first concrete steps towards this will need to be taken sooner rather than later.

The obvious solution is for our homes to become integrated into the fabric of the city as part of a ‘smart grid’12. Features such as smart appliances, smart meters and localised storage could be used to keep our energy waste to a minimum. More sophisticated smart home platforms will make managing a property more intuitive. Natural interfaces such as voice and gesture control will come to the fore13, at the expense of touchscreens, switches and mobile apps.

Sophisticated whole-house integration is already possible, although it largely remains a premium service for an affluent clientele. This will change; by 2030, smart home technology will have become a standard feature in houses, becoming as critical as plumbing, lighting, windows and doors. Technology-focused new builds will create homes that are both extremely environmentally friendly and more resistant to environmental threats such as floods and fires.

The shift towards mass adoption of smart home and smart city infrastructure will be uneven, skewed towards larger cities in certain parts of the world. Predictions suggest that of the 88 smart cities around the world by 202514, the majority will be located in Europe and Asia.

“While there is currently a significant divide between the capabilities of a mass-market DIY smart home system and whole-house integration, this will blur over time as the technology becomes more affordable for a wider segment of society. The smart home will go from being a prestigious addition to a home to becoming a must-have on a par with a television or an internet connection.”

– Krystian Zajac, Chairman at Andrew Lucas

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The Smart Home of the Future White Paper looks into the following areas:

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Artificial intelligence in the home
Will this new field find a place in our homes, and how can we develop such systems in a safe, secure manner?

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Creating adaptable living spaces

How a shrinking physical footprint means we must redefine residential space to do more with less.


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Cybersecurity and smart security systems
How the critical shortfall in cybersecurity experts poses a threat, and how we can secure our homes more effectively with technology.

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The technology-privacy trade-off
Why embracing more technology in our homes means putting a price on the vital personal data we hold.

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The future of VR/AR in our daily lives

How this nascent industry might become an important part of our daily lives – both in our homes and further afield.

About the White Paper series

Designed and produced by Andrew Lucas, the Smart Home White Paper series explores several important aspects of the connected home and offers insight on how this exciting sector is evolving. Drawing heavily on the expertise of our award-winning smart home specialists Andrew Lucas London and our virtual reality division Andrew Lucas Studios, these White Paper publications offer a credible overview based on more than a decade of experience and knowledge of the above sectors.