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The 2020 Energy Efficiency Conference was held as a hybrid event this year, half digital, half face-to-face meeting. The conference, gathering international experts involved in Green Construction processes at different levels, discussed Renovation Wave applications and best practices among sectors. “There will be around 72,1 Million Smart Homes in Europe by 2024. The future is digital.” opened his intervention Paolo Falcioni, APPLiA’s Director General. “Smart Homes and Energy Systems are valuable society’s assets because they make homes cost & energy efficient and put dwellers at the centre.” he continued.

Comparing the 18 Million total smart homes in Europe in 2017 with the forecast for the next couple of years, it is clear the direction in which our market is going. The highest numbers are registered in Germany and France, representing ⅓ of the total market share alone. Similar rising figures are tracked for smart home products, as shown in APPLiA’s 2019 Statistical Report. Main users are those between 25 and 44 years of age, accounting for 63% of the total and making great use of virtual assistants connected to the appliances, for a handier and more personalised use of appliances. 

“The Home Appliance Industry is fit for the Digital Age” states Paolo Falcioni, “and it does play a crucial role in the Renovation Wave.” In fact, at residential level demand side flexibility can be achieved only thanks to smart appliances. Demand side flexibility is the principle according to which consumption patterns are optimised in response to external stimuli with the aim of increasing energy efficiency and the uptake of renewable energy. The EU Wave promotes fully integrated renovations based on energy efficiency, on-site renewables and demand-side flexibility to boost smart and decarbonised buildings. “In the COVID-19 aftermath more specifically, the pursuit of a green recovery will need to be one of the main engines of the EU economy” Paolo Falcioni concluded.