Airey Miller's Information and BIM Manager Lloyd Patman attends Weinerberger's thinking workshop to explore the next generation of urban living - Smart Homes.
The concept of a smart home has been around for a long time but even now has remained relatively ignored by all but the early adopters. With the Grenfell disaster sparking an overdue demand for better information management and our industry's recent acceptance of BIM Weinerberger invited Airey Miller amongst others to discuss how we can build and maintain homes that are safer, more economic, energy efficient and appealingly - affordable.
Lloyd Patman, who has this year taken his seat on the board of the UK BIM Alliance Working Group was eager to learn more about Weinerberger's latest concept - the e4 house, widely acknowledged as a huge step forward for smarter homes. Arup designed, the e4 housing concept has a preconfigured supply chain including sensor technology and Building Information Modeling (BIM) in addition to the more traditional building products.
Lloyd, who attended along with representatives from IBM, The IET, Group BC, PCSG and Keepmoat Homes, said "it was an excellent day and a good opportunity to discuss some hard hitting issues that we all believe can be solved by digital data".
Lloyd and his team look forward to the progress of e4 and the next workshop.