Chimni Project Lead - Nigel Walley - presented the Chimni concept at the New London Architecture breakfast session 'Smart Thinking For London's Homes'. The talk focussed on how smart technologies will change London’s homes; how can technology make homes in the capital more efficient in terms of their design, their management, performance and use, and how they are planned for?
Nigel Walley followed a presentation by Ben Derbyshire of HTA Architects, outlining the Home Performance Labelling project which seeks to set a standard for house performance data that can be applied to all new home sales. Nigel Walley made the point that, in the emerging Smart Home world, it was important to put homeowners and tenants in control of the data about their home.
Launched by Peter Murray, the Chair of New London Architecture (see picture right), the session was intended to highlight new thinking around the way homes are constructed, monitored and managed in London. Alongside the Chimni and HTA presentations, the session saw presentations from Rupert Green, the Smart Design Lead, at architects Parsons Brinckerhom and John Nordon Design Director of sheltered housing specialist PegasusLife.
The Chimni presentation focussed on our central idea that the home is the most imporatant 'data generating node in a consumers life'. We described the need for a core 'Property ID' that can sit at the centre of a home's digital life. This Property ID is concept is supportive of the government's National Open Property Gazetteer project, proving a digital, web-friendly addition to the OpenData scheme. Nigel Walley showed how the Chimni project was also supportive of the Home Performance Labelling project outlined by Ben Derbyshire. He showed how Chimni actually went much further, providing a broad data framework for the consumer that included all the data sets envisaged by the HPL, along with a significant extra data formats that underpin the Chimni service delivery.