Architectural drafting services are going to need to be able to incorporate the Internet of Things (IoT) into home design plans for builders and home buyers. The IoT is going to change the housing industry and how homes are designed. People are going to need to have specific types of technologies built into their home designs in order for their appliances, devices, and the home, itself, to communicate with each other and the owner.
If you do not know what IoT is, then you need to get up to speed, and quickly. IoT is the interconnectivity between electronic devices, appliances, heating and cooling systems, lighting, alarm systems, and other items you find in your home. In the near future, these devices will be able to “talk” to each other, as well as give the owner a wide array of control over how their home functions.
In some cases, some IoT technologies are already here and available, like remote access alarm system and thermostats, where owners simply open the app on their mobile device to turn off or turn on their alarm or adjust the settings on their furnace or air conditioner. This is just the beginning of the capabilities of IoT.
Essentially, a smart home is a home that incorporates a wide array of IoT technologies into its design. Architects who design homes are going to need to think about how IoT is going to impact specific design elements, including:
- Hard wiring the entire home for Internet access.
- Incorporating the placement of wireless routers.
- The potential demand for additional electrical wiring.
- Wiring and hardware required for making lighting controls accessible through mobile apps.
- How rooms are designed to maximum IoT communications between devices.
- The placement of insulating materials to stop wireless signals from extending too far outside the home.
These are only the design elements that have to be considered to make the home IoT ready. It does not account for what design elements are required for other energy efficient home designs, such as solar panels, tankless hot water heaters, and home heating and cooling systems.
While the overall design of blueprints for homes will probably not change much, the addition of IoT aspects will require blueprints to include more elements than in the past. As a result, it is a good idea to determine how to best incorporate these elements to ensure builders are able to read the blueprints correctly and not make mistakes when construction begins on the home.
One suggestion is to use different colors in the design for different design elements. However, do not pick colors at random. Many builders are already familiar with colorized schematics and expect certain elements to be a specific color, such as red lines for hot water plumbing. It is recommended to verify what standards are already being used, and then choose colors for IoT design elements.
For professional assistance in creating architectural blue prints, schematics, and other tips for incorporating IoT design elements into smart home designs, please feel free to contact Q-Cad today at 800-700-3305.