A look at some of the products and services on display at this year’s Housing conference currently underway in Manchester.
Lesko’s customisable factory-built housing units are made from environmentally friendly cross-laminated timber, which negates the pollution created in steel production. They are designed to be compatible with energy-efficient tech such as solar panels. A single unit ranges from £75,000 to £120,000 for construction.
HousingExpert provides clients such as HSBC and Savills with a database of housing associations showing their finances, stock and development pipeline. Users can access four years of data, and are provided with comparisons and benchmarks. The internal research team collates data on running costs and usage amongst many other areas. HousingExperts says its next step is to use artificial intelligence to further improve its database.
Treewise uses technology including laser range-finders, GPS and satellite imagery to create digital visualisations of a site, specifically highlighting street furniture, trees, hedges and fences, as part of a digital map. This provides greater efficiency for landowners when managing these areas, which previously risked being overlooked or neglected. Treewise also offers data and maintenance schedules to clients alongside their maps to further improve productivity. The product is mostly used by housing associations and local authorities, such as Transport for London.
Siemens is no stranger to innovative technologies across a breadth of markets, and at the Housing exhibition, the company displayed a communal heating network that provides both data collection, and analysis services. The technology claims to use AI deep-learning software to accurately predict 24 hours of heating data within a specific building, providing information and advice to its users. The fully regulation-compliant technology can generate additional revenue for commercial and residential properties through smart pre-payments and energy efficiency.
Intratone’s flagship product is a wireless intercom system for blocks of flats. Each of the four available models uses a connection to tenants’ smartphones to provide a camera feed from the intercom, as well as greater accessibility to the system’s features including a key safe embedded in the unit, with timed access capabilities, allowing cleaners or other maintenance staff ease of access, with no need to contact landlords. For landlords, real-time communication is a benefit, allowing them to display warnings and notices to residents remotely from their phone. Intratone is mainly used in buildings undergoing refurbishment, where wiring an intercom system is more hassle than in a new build.
The Housing exhibition continues until Thursday.