Abstract. The concept of a ‘whole house’ is rarely applied to individual dwellings because each is generally regarded as a loosely connected collection of standalone systems that are provided by different manufacturers with hardly any account being given to interconnectability within the overall concept of a house as a single entity. Most houses have very basic systems for the control of major energy sources including heating and lighting. Electronic control systems requiring only basic skills to install and service can give occupants an ongoing overview of their energy use and facilitate minor changes in habit / lifestyle to allow further savings. The effects and lifetime of these control systems will be improved if they include the ability to be reprogrammed by the user to take into account future improvement projects such as upgrades in insulation or the fitting of double glazing or a change in energy supply. Lifestyle and occupation patterns will have a major effect on energy saving within domestic premises. Any proposed system must be adaptable to suit different living patterns. Interfaces between various components therefore need to be as simple as possible to allow ‘mixing’ of different technologies and possible future developments. It is concluded that a whole house control system that is practical, cost effective, future proof and easy to use is viable but that it could not utilise a single processor design. Instead, a hierarchical system is proposed that presents the possibility of a simple, future proof whole house control system that will accept inputs that are not specified at the time of installation.
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