Print Email Facebook Twitter Home automation as an example of construction innovation Title Home automation as an example of construction innovation Author van der Vlies, R.D. van Bronswijk, J.E.M.H. TNO Bouw Publication year 2009 Abstract Home automation can contribute to the health of (older) adults. Home automation covers a broad field of ‘intelligent’ electronic or mechanical devices in the home (domestic) environment. Realizing home automation is technically possible, though still not common. In this paper main influential factors for home-automation diffusion are identified by applying innovation management theory to this specific domain. An innovation is defined as an idea, practice, or object that is perceived as new by an individual or other ‘unit of adoption’. For home automation, three units of adoption are involved: the user, the health professional and the building specifier. User adoption of home automation is influenced by its (i) relative advantage, (ii) compatibility, and (iii) complexity. Known influential factors for home-automation diffusion are age and health of the user and home-automation’s contribution to either independence and autonomy, or safety of older users, as well as convenience and comfort of younger users. However, user and innovation characteristics often do not match. Adoption by health professionals might be influenced by the absorptive capacity and technophobia of care organisations, number of stakeholders, and financial structure within the care sector. Adoption decisions of building specifiers might benefit from learning capacity, innovativeness, and absorptive capacity of the company, and will be hampered by the building industries fragmentation and short term orientation as is known for the adoption of sustainable construction products. The influential factors mentioned for health professionals and building specifiers still lack sufficient empirical support. To have home automation adopted and diffused we need to develop tools to assess home-automation functionality for all units of adoption during its design Subject Buildings and InfrastructureArchitecture and BuildingBuilt EnvironmentTechnology acceptationInnovation diffusionHome automationSmart homeOlder adults To reference this document use: http://resolver.tudelft.nl/uuid:57f6efaf-80b0-4835-a23a-0c50787b3623 TNO identifier 467020 Source Proceedings of the International Conference on Global Innovation in Construction Conference, Loughborough, Loughburough University, 544-555 Document type conference paper Files To receive the publication files, please send an e-mail request to TNO Library.