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Homes of the Future


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Part of Reading Science Week, this event will provide an overview of how houses and their associated services may change over the next 30 years.

Date and Time

19 March 2013 - 19:00-21:00


Reading, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)


Joint Event.

About this event

This will be the ninth Prestige Event organised by the Engineering Institutions in the Thames Valley, following Metals (2005), Energy (2006), Transport (2007), Environment (2008), Climate Change (2009), Space Travel (2010), Energy (2011) and Personal Transport (2012). This event is part of Reading Science Week.

This year's event aims 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.

The event will be chaired by Professor Stuart Green (Head of School of Construction Management and Engineering, Reading University) and whilst details are still being finalized it is anticipated that this event will include presentations on:

  1. Design and Construction
    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
    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?
  3. Water Supply and Drainage
    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.
  4. Control Systems
    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?


Professor Stuart Green - Head of School of Construction Management and Engineering, Reading University

Oliver Novakovic - Director of Building Futures, BRE

Professor Tony Day - Director, International Energy Research Centre, Tyndall National Institute, Cork

Dennis Forbes-Smith - Berkeley Controls

Additional information

This event has been organised by the IET Berkshire Network, the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), the British Computer Society (BCS) and the University of Reading and is part of Reading Science Week.


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