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The Smart Home, a must for your new-build project

La maison intelligente avec son contrôle optimisé de la température et bien plus

By 2023, 50% of adult Quebecers own at least one smart home device, marking a 17-point increase since 2019. This trend is all the more pronounced among young adults aged 18 to 34, who have the highest adoption rate.

Testifying to the rapid evolution of residential technologies, interest in home automation and smart home systems, such as LED light bulbs and intelligent heating, reflects not only a desire for comfort and quality of life, but also a further step towards sustainable innovation in new construction.

As the home automation market grows, we are seeing significant investment in innovative projects such as the Smart home in Montreal designed to help young people with intellectual disabilities or autism spectrum disorders, the smart home is becoming an essential concept for new homes in Quebec, and Harmonie Construction wants to be a solid part of this movement.

Smart home technologies include well-known home automation systems such as Hilo, a Hydro Québec company, which is at the heart of this transformation, promising to improve energy efficiency, security and residents’ well-being.

Home technology adoption chart

 

The benefits of the smart home

Transforming your new home into a smart home may seem expensive at first, but the long-term benefits can provide undeniable savings.

 

Energy savings and cost reduction
  • Smart thermostats and lighting systems understand your preferences, adjusting temperature and turning off unused lights, which can lead to significant savings on energy bills.
  • With an intelligent irrigation system, your lawn is watered only as needed, minimizing water waste.
Enhanced safety and comfort
  • Smart homes offer advanced security features such as automated locks, surveillance systems and motion detectors, giving occupants a sense of security.
  • Comfort is enhanced by features such as voice-controlled lighting and temperature adjustments, facilitating the daily living experience.
Optimizing energy consumption
  • Smart homes can optimize energy consumption by automatically adjusting temperature, lighting and appliances according to occupant habits and environmental conditions, thus reducing energy consumption and carbon footprint.
  • Cities like Gatineau can benefit from smart home systems by reducing energy demand and improving the efficiency of the power grid.

 

Essential technologies for a well-thought-out smart home

In the world of home automation, there are two main categories of system: wired and wireless. Wired systems require the installation of cables throughout the home to connect various devices to the central control unit, while wireless systems use Internet connections to link devices to this central unit.

This distinction is important for understanding how to effectively integrate technology into our new homes.

An example of a home automation system from a well-known supplier:

  • Electricity & Home Automation: Control of lighting, sockets and general power supply.
  • Ventilation: regulates air quality and temperature.
  • Sanitary: Intelligent water management.
  • Heating: Heating optimization for comfort and energy savings.

At the heart of a typical home automation system are the central control unit, sensors and connected devices. This configuration enables remote automation and control of essential home functions, such as lighting, heating and more, making daily life easier.

Harmonie Construction, for example, offers smart home services that simplify daily life through automated control and monitoring of lighting, heating and other functions, while remaining at the cutting edge of new technologies for rapid integration into their new home models.

 

A teenager takes control of his parents' smart home

 

The impact of a smart home on future property values

The impact of integrating technology into new construction is significant and cannot be ignored.

Here are a few points that can certainly illustrate this impact:

  1. Improved energy efficiency and increased value: The installation of new windows by Harmonie Construction, for example, improves energy efficiency, reduces electricity bills, enhances the view outside and, above all, increases the value of the home you’ve had built.
  2. Resale market appeal :
    • Smart home technologies make the property more attractive to potential buyers, increasing its resale value.
    • A 2019 report from the National Association of Realtors found that 13% of consumers were interested in smart home technology for specific rooms, like the kitchen, bathroom, 22% for the whole house, while 42% were interested in smart home gadgets like lights at the Del.
  3. Outlook for growth and investment worldwide :
    • The smart home market is expected to reach $157 billion by 2023, with the USA a major contributor.
    • In France, the real estate market is also seeing investment in smart home technology from companies such as Vinci Immobilier and Nexity.
    • Intelligent buildings can benefit from 37% higher rents and 44% higher selling prices.

The smart home market in Canada is experiencing significant growth, with projections showing an annual increase of 9.41% between 2024 and 2028. By 2024, revenues from this market are expected to reach US$3.1 billion, peaking at US$4.5 billion by 2028.

This expansion is also accompanied by an increase in smart home penetration, from 41.0% in 2024 to a projected 68.6% in 2028. Average revenue per smart home installed is estimated at US$463.10. This information underlines the importance of considering automation and home automation not only for your comfort, but also as a strategic investment to increase the future value of your new home.

 

5 tips for integrating home automation into your smart home project

Integrating home automation into new homes requires good planning and an excellent understanding of system components. Here are a few recommendations for successful integration with your building contractor:

  1. Planning and interior design: It’s essential to determine your precise needs and expectations. A discussion with your contractor will ensure that the project perfectly meets your requirements.
  2. Integration and compatibility: Harmony between all your devices is paramount. Installing the home automation system during construction simplifies integration and can be more economical, avoiding costly structural modifications.
  3. User experience and ease of use: An intuitive interface and simple controls are essential if everyone in the home is to enjoy the full benefits of home automation.
  4. Planning for the future: Make sure your system can evolve and integrate additional features and functions in the future.
  5. Choose a building contractor who knows his stuff: Not all new home builders are competent in this field, or have trusted partners to support you. Choosing a contractor with the right know-how is therefore very important.

 

See our article on the subject : A guide to selecting your new home builder

 

Home automation is an integral part of smart home technology

 

At Harmonie Construction, we understand that the future of smart homes lies not only in technological innovation, but also in trust and respect for security and privacy standards. We are committed to building living spaces that respect these fundamental principles.

 

The future of the smart home in new construction

As technology continues to advance at a rapid pace, the future of smart homes in Quebec looks promising and full of possibilities. Here are some of the trends and innovations that could redefine our new homes in the years to come:

AI integration and machine learning

Smart homes will become even more intuitive, learning from the lifestyle habits of their occupants to proactively optimize energy, comfort and safety.

Advanced automation

Even more sophisticated systems will enable near-autonomous management of the home, from intelligent gardens capable of looking after themselves, to kitchens that actively assist in meal preparation.

Enhanced connectivity

The evolution of networks and communication protocols will ensure smoother integration between different devices and systems, making the smart home even more connected and responsive.

Sustainability and energy efficiency

Innovations in building materials and green technologies will enable smart homes to reduce their carbon footprint, taking another step towards energy self-sufficiency.

Enhanced safety

With improved facial and biometric recognition technologies, smart homes will offer unrivalled levels of personal security.

Accessibility and inclusion

Smart home technology and home automation will become more accessible, helping the elderly or those with reduced mobility to live more independently.

Looking to the future, Harmonie Construction is determined to stay at the forefront of these developments, offering the latest innovations to create new homes that are not just a place to live, but a dynamic space that adapts and evolves to meet the needs and aspirations of our customers.

 

Intelligent masion enhances this young woman's everyday life.

 

Harmonie Construction, your partner for an intelligent home

Our passion is to build not only top-quality new homes, but also truly intelligent living spaces that meet modern needs for comfort, safety and energy efficiency.

We know that every home project is unique, and we’re committed to personalizing your experience so that your new home reflects your vision, including, if you wish, the latest innovations in home automation.

We’d love to hear about your new home project and discuss the possibilities of integrating smart technologies that will make your daily life more pleasant and comfortable.

Contact us today to share your ideas and see how we can work together to make tomorrow’s home a reality. Your new home construction project is the perfect opportunity to adopt home automation and take a step into the future.