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Sustainable.TO: Dumb is the New Smart

January 29, 2015
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Paul Dowsett of Sustainable.TO lectures at 6:30pm at the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto. Is a “Smart Home” really the smart choice? With the introduction of products such as the Nest thermostat, the building industry is trending towards homes that purport to increase convenience, comfort, energy efficiency, and security through automation. Reliance on interconnected and often incompatible gadgetry, however, isn’t necessarily the most effective way to accomplish a responsive, responsible, and resilient home. Using a suite of devices that utilize multiple apps to monitor and operate your heating and cooling systems arguably consumes more energy than opening a window or turning on a fan.

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