Sir, While structured network cabling has been around for some time, developers and installers would do well to take notice of the trend for integrated consumer electronics in the home.
There are still several obstacles preventing smart homes from becoming the norm. For example, the installation of intelligent home control and consumer electronics is largely limited to refurbishments, causing inevitable upheaval to the fabric of the building.
Yet at the development stage these systems can be installed easily and without causing any disruption to everyday life within the house.
More and more home-owners want a house with added functionality, from home entertainment systems to auto-sensors that alert to the presence of a gas or water leak.
In the current market there is a dearth of new properties that offer these options.
By installing these features at little extra cost during the building stage, developers can create modern homes that stand out in the slowing housing market. It is time for property developers to embrace consumers' desires and build well-connected homes.
Sean Jordan Schneider Electric Ltd Telford Shropshire