Innovative partnership to deliver smart homes of the future

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Please note: these photographs were captured prior to the introduction of social distancing measures in the UK.

The HALO and Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC) have joined forces to bring ‘world class’ smart homes of the future to Kilmarnock

The HALO and CSIC are both committed to creating future smart homes while supporting the adoption of new skills in the construction industry.

The collaboration will:

  • Use cutting-edge smart home designs to develop sustainable building components alongside the low carbon heat solutions currently being designed for these homes at the HALO Kilmarnock
  • Develop new skills in the construction industry by adopting the latest technologies, while establishing new ways to build the smart homes of the future
  • Explore research and development opportunities through CSIC’s innovation supply chain network and their world-class innovation factory in Blantyre.

A £63m urban regeneration project on a 23-acre site, the HALO Kilmarnock will be the first town centre located, net-zero carbon energy project in Scotland, setting the standard for low carbon energy sites across the UK.

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Marie Macklin CBE, founder and executive chair of the HALO Urban Regeneration Company, commented: “CSIC is the perfect partner for the HALO to develop its smart homes of the future.

“The partnership will help us achieve our ultimate vision of a net-zero dynamic commercial, educational, cultural, leisure and lifestyle quarter where people can ‘Live, Work, Learn and Play’.

“The HALO is all about tomorrow’s world. By setting the standard for low carbon energy sites across the UK our smart homes of the future, fuelled by 100% renewable energy and with the support of CSIC, will play a huge part in our vision.

“Delivering net zero carbon energy at the HALO is not only an opportunity to create economic growth in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire and across Scotland, it’s a way to highlight the emergency we all face in climate change.”

Lucy Black, director of innovation and engagement at CSIC, added: “Our goal is to drive transformational change in the construction industry for its future resilience, which is more important than ever.

“Sustainable building, adopting modern methods of construction, technological transformation and culture change, particularly with skills, equality and inclusion, are all a key focus for both our organisations. Working together to realise these mutual aims makes perfect sense.

“We’re really excited about this truly innovative partnership and the impact it could have on the construction industry at large.”

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