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Planning & infrastructure

Making the Internet of _ings work for you is all about connectivity and infrastructure – here’s how to do it
This project by Andrew Lucas London features a smart-controlled layered lighting scheme

Smart home technology is a diverse area and the number of gadgets available is growing day-by-day, whether they’re aimed at enhancing your lifestyle, saving money or securing your property. But the best examples all have one thing in common: they do their job in a way that can be easily integrated into your routine, often without you having to even lift a finger to swipe a screen.

“There are isolated benefits, such as intelligent thermostats that can help cut your bills or clever locks that allow you to open the door to someone from afar,” says Philipp Schuster from Loxone. “But a real smart home makes life easier and gives you more free time. If you have to get out your phone and open several apps every time you want to adjust a setting, you might live in a connected home, but it certainly isn’t smart.”

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Inside the October edition of Build It magazine: - Smart Homes special: How tech can simplify your lifestyle - Beginner's guide to winning planning permission - Extension costs guide - Passivhaus: Does it make sense for eco renovations? - How to knock through walls & open up space - Building contracts explained - Underloor heating innovations ... and more!