Home is where the smart is: E.ON and Berkeley Homes pilot Future Energy Home concept
Sustainability is about more than technology, it is most importantly about creating something that fits with people’s lives. Our work with Berkeley on the Future Energy Home is about making sure homes are smart and lower carbon but also convenient and manageable when it comes to managing our busy lives.
E.ON is collaborating with Berkeley Homes, one of the UK's best-known property developers, to pilot the Future Energy Home. The research initiative is trialling the integration of the latest smart home technologies at Berkeley’s Kidbrooke Village development in London, to better understand how to help homeowners live a lower cost, less carbon-reliant lifestyle.
The joint project reflects both organisations’ awareness of the need to help consumers make energy efficiency the norm rather than something else they have to think about in their already busy lives.
Reducing carbon consumption is a strategic priority for both companies. E.ON’s aim is to create a better tomorrow for everyone; making energy simpler, smarter and more sustainable. Berkeley already operates as a carbon positive company and is committed to enabling all its homes to be at net zero carbon by 2030. This pilot study is part of realising these objectives.
The project is the first of its kind to demonstrate innovative energy devices working seamlessly through a single, tablet-based dashboard. Together, they will give consumers practical control over their energy use and the ability to power their own homes.
The Future Energy Home allows residents to generate and store electricity in a battery, helping to cut bills, to make use of in-built renewable sources such as self-generated green energy to charge electric vehicles, and to relieve pressure on the power grid at times of high demand.
The aim is to work with homeowners to understand how they engage with this connected technology. Once complete, the research will inform how smart home solutions are delivered in a way that consumers find simple and convenient, to enhance their lifestyles while also saving them money and reducing their carbon footprint.
Michael Lewis, E.ON UK Chief Executive, said: “Across the UK we’ve made great strides in developing new and lower carbon energy sources, the next challenge is in housing and transport; improving the homes we live in now and in the future and decarbonising transport by promoting the convenience and capability of electric vehicles.
“The new energy world is decentralised, green, and interconnected but sustainability is about more than technology, it is most importantly about creating something that fits with people’s lives. Our work with Berkeley on the Future Energy Home is about making sure homes are smart and lower carbon but also convenient and manageable when it comes to managing our busy lives.”
Frank Meyer, SVP Global B2C Solutions, E-Mobility & Innovation at E.ON, added: “Making it easy for customers to create their own ‘future energy home’ which is right for their lifestyles is at the heart of our global customer solution vision. Our aim is to create a better tomorrow for our customers.
“The Future Energy Home is a great way to prove this. Making the right energy solution choices can be challenging and this is where E.ON is committed to making life simple for homebuyers and home owners. We are very proud to work with a best in class home builder like Berkeley to showcase the benefits of smart energy living and look forward to working together to take forward the results of this project.”
Karl Whiteman, Divisional Managing Director at Berkeley Homes, said: “Our industry needs to have a clear focus on sustainability and efficiency – in the homes we build, the way we build them and in how we run our businesses.
“As technology progresses we also want see energy management becoming second nature to consumers; our goal is to help them on the journey there by showing them how it can become a seamless addition to their homes.”
How it works
The Future Energy Home has seen E.ON install a range of energy solutions in Berkeley Homes’ innovative and award-winning Urban House at its Kidbrooke Village development in south east London, taking an already highly energy efficient home to new heights of sustainability.
These include solar glazing integrated into a glass canopy above the home’s roof terrace alongside solar balustrades surrounding the outdoor space – complementing the look of the modern home.
The property also has a battery storage system supplied by both mains electricity and the solar glazing which can power the home when needed or be diverted to supply the electric vehicle charge point at the front of the house.
Smart thermostats and the other appliances are controlled by a single, tablet-based home energy dashboard, developed by E.ON, which gives homeowners a detailed view of their energy flow across the whole building. This also includes controls for room-by-room customisation of temperature.
The dashboard also controls and schedules the operation of energy assets to fit preferences and needs, such as charging an electric car on home-grown solar power – without having to navigate a maze of separate apps for each piece of technology.
The solar glazing including canopy, glass balustrade and bicycle cover can supply up to 60% of the electricity needs of the Urban House, generating over 2,100 kWh each year
The battery storage enables home-produced solar power to be stored for later use – either in the home or through the EV charge point – providing green miles for an electric car
Notes to editors
E.ON’s aim is to create a better tomorrow for everyone; working to make energy simpler, smarter and more sustainable.
We make sure everything we do is focused on our customers, whether they’re individuals or families, big and small businesses, entire towns and cities.
Around five million customers in the UK choose us to meet their energy needs, making us one of the leading energy providers in the UK. As part of the E.ON Group, we’re also one of the foremost energy companies in the world.
Our core businesses mirror the major changes that are happening today – creating a new energy world that is decentralised, green, and interconnected.
All 9,400 people who work for E.ON across Britain are committed to helping customers by providing new solutions, products and services built around their personal needs.
The Berkeley Group build homes and neighbourhoods. We focus on creating beautiful, successful places in London and the South of England. We work together with other people to tackle the shortage of good quality homes, and make a lasting contribution to the landscape and to the communities we help create.
Berkeley Homes (East Thames) is a division of Berkeley Group. Berkeley Homes (East Thames) is focused on creating strong communities with a great quality of life and is delivering around 10,000 homes in the Royal Borough of Greenwich at two key regeneration sites.
About the Berkeley Urban House
The Urban House is an innovative design from Berkeley Homes, and is the first example of a large-scale developer designing and delivering its own housing typology. The three or four-bedroom dwelling adapts to different lifestyles, making it suitable for first time buyers, those raising a family, considering downsizing, or who need to manage a disability.
The Urban House maximises usable space, enabling twice as many homes to be built on a site compared with traditional terraced housing. It is efficient to run – environmentally, it outperforms standard housing, cutting up to 25 per cent off utility bills through innovative use of building materials and enabling residents to save over 80 per cent on gas and 30 per cent on water bills.
The Urban House boasts spacious, airy interiors and offers low-maintenance living. It has a roof terrace with 360-degree views, off-street parking with electric car charging points and covered cycle storage.
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