Home & Building
Smart & efficient for a better quality of life


DKE  German Commission for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies of DIN and VDE
Stresemannallee 15
60596 Frankfurt am Main

Phone: +49 69 6308-0
Fax: +49 69 6308-9863
E-Mail: dke@vde.com

Smart Home: Energy efficiency and quality of living through technology

Digitization is advancing at a rapid pace in all areas – even in our own homes. But does that mean it is already “smart”?

The Smart Home stands for intelligent networking and communication between various devices – from temperature control to room lighting and gardening. In this way, the Smart Home helps us to live more energy-efficiently via app and voice control and improves our quality of living, at all ages.

For a Smart Home to be possible at all, interoperability is required. As a national standards organization, we develop norms and standards across system and country boundaries – as a common platform for representatives from all interested parties.

When technology makes our lives easier – that is a Smart Home!

In recent years the term Home & Building has come to describe the technologies deployed in residential rooms and buildings in which networked devices and systems help enhance the quality of living, safety and efficient energy use levels. Common alternative names for Home & Building include "smart home", "intelligent living", "eHome" and "smart living".

The continuing digitalization and networking of nearly all areas of human experience are leading to changes in the home environment which are resulting in turn in new possibilities for living and working. Home & Building technology is an integral element in the efforts to create sustainable infrastructure development and to improve the quality of life in the urban environment. This includes such aspects as the economy, the domestic and working environments, the social environment, assisted mobility and interaction with the authorities. Home & Building is about integrating and using information and telecommunication technologies in the domestic environment to open up a new world of experience and to make existing entertainment, comfort, energy management, health and safety activities more cost-efficient or convenient.