EECA has commissioned Standards New Zealand to produce a Publicly Available Specification (PAS) for Smart Homes, to help New Zealanders understand how they can make their existing home ‘smart’ and begin the transition to this new technology.
A smart home isn’t the building itself but a clever system that links residential appliances together into a network. The network ensures the appliances in the home are operating as efficiently as possible (without changing how you use them).
The Smart Home Guidelines PAS has been developed in response to a growing need for New Zealanders to change the way we are consuming energy. Smart home networks preferentially shift household energy demand to periods of least-cost electricity. With this new approach to home electricity use, New Zealanders will be able to reduce their energy costs, take pressure off our national electricity grid, and help lower New Zealand’s carbon footprint by maximising renewable energy use.
The guidance aims to help electricity consumers, appliance retailers, and suppliers of smart home equipment and services to align to best practice. It is designed to contain key smart home advice and point readers to more detailed information.
This PAS will not impose any requirements on sellers, importers, or manufacturers. However, it will introduce smart home technology to New Zealand consumers and help them to take steps towards making their home energy use smarter.