The Curtin University of Technology and Quantify Technology have partnered to try to replace traditional homes full of wires with smart homes, equipped with a Wi-Fi connected flexible wall switch.

The technology supplied by Quantify will enable better monitoring of energy consumption, and it should improve building automation. Both improvements will be inside the building to allow easier research, prototype design and testing.

The house that will be used for testing is going to enable people to engage and collaborate directly with the structure. They will be able to gather performance and data while enabling Quantify Technology to have a case study for a PhD fellowship.

Brett Savill, CEO of Quantify Technology, said that this case study would show how the Internet of Things technology developed by Quantify can help reduce energy used in future homes while saving energy and emissions at the same time.

The project is known as the Legacy Living Lab (L3). The building is designed in such a way that it will be able to be transformed over time, without the need to be deconstructed, which makes it ideal for research. Quantify plans to work with more WA organisations to come up with new sustainable construction technologies, which should help reduce material waste and consumption and increase the overall efficiency of the building.

Professor Greg Morrison, Curtin University Sustainability Policy (CUSP) director, said that there is no full understanding of the benefits of cost and energy saving by integrating home automation. Furthermore, he stated that it is not known how the adoption of automation can affect the cost savings in the long run.

The PhD case study will be carried out through the Curtin University Sustainability Policy (CUSP) Institute.