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Prestige Event - Homes of the future

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19 March 2013 19:00 - 21:00
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Homes of the future – a Challenge and an Opportunity – 19th March 2013

The aim of the four 12 minute presentations is to provide an overview of how houses and their associated services may change over the next 30 years.  Pressure to reduce carbon emissions and the demand for services is likely to continue both through legislation and the impact of rising costs, but the advances in technology that this is driving may also bring improvements.  

This event will be chaired by Professor Stuart Green, - Head of School of Construction Management and Engineering, Reading University.  Topics covered will include: 

1.       Design and Construction - (Speaker - Christopher Gaze, Technical Director - Innovation and Productivity, BRE) - How houses will be designed and constructed to minimise energy requirements both to reduce carbon emissions and the cost of providing energy.  Also what other innovations might we see because of technology developments which will make houses more attractive and easier to maintain.

 2.       Power and Heating - (Speaker - Professor Tony Day, Director, International Energy Research Centre, Tyndall National Institute, Cork) - How are houses of the future going to be heated and provided with power?  While the drive towards zero carbon will be a major influence, what other factors will drive future solutions and how will these future solutions affect the way we live?

Water Supply and Drainage - (Dr Paul Rutter, Innovation team, Thames Water Utilities Ltd) - What changes can we expect to see in the way that we use water and discharge it in future?  Will rain water and “grey” water systems for houses become viable as means of reducing demand?  What measures are needed to reduce the risk of flooding or minimise its consequences.

Control Systems - (Russell Downing and Pete Haseler, Siemens KNX) - How are control systems likely to develop to integrate different functions within a house and optimise their use both within the house and as part of the network?  How will houses be connected to the network? How will all this impact on our lives and change the way we live?

BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL - Please click on the following link to secure your place:  Please note each booking is on an individual basis - group booking is not available.

Please click on the following link to open a poster for the event - Great Debate 2013 Poster


Palmer Building
University of Reading
Shinfield Road
United Kingdom

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