PHRC Webinars

Technology in the Connected Home

12/10/2015 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Instructor: Bryan Heitzmann (PHRC)


Link to Webinar:


NOTE: This webinar was postponed from 12/8 until Thursday, 12/10 at 1pm.

A “Smart Home” refers to a home that has particular objects, products, controls, and systems that are interconnected and identifiable through a series of digital networks. These networks provide home owners with comfort, security, energy efficiency, reduced operating costs, and convenience at all times, regardless of whether anyone is home. Particularly, these residences have appliances, lighting, heating, air conditioning, TVs, computers, entertainment audio & video systems, security, and camera systems that are capable of communicating with one another and can be controlled remotely by a time schedule, from any room in the home, as well as remotely from any location in the world by phone or internet. This webinar aims to provide participants with the information and personal guidance they may need to understand appropriate “smart home” products and technologies, taking into consideration budget, occupant needs, and desired client outcomes.

Learning Objectives

Following the completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize opportunities to incorporate new simple, affordable, fashionable, and reliable technologies in their homes that will allow ease of use, enhance occupant safety, promote cost-savings, and support energy efficiency.
  • Describe ways that a “connected home” can help reduce healthcare costs of the occupant(s), while satisfying the general desire to remain in their own home as they age.
  • Identify the six categories of monitoring and assistance technology features that each “Smart Home” technologies will fall into.
  • Understand ways to control individual lights, shades, thermostats, and to monitor occupant behavior, while away from home.


Free to attend; $20 for continuing education credits

Credit Hours

1.0 L&I Contact Hour, 1.0 PDH, 1.0 AIA LU|HSW Hour

Tags: Residential Structures and Building Code Requirements



The Pennsylvania Housing Research Center serves the home building industry and the residents of Pennsylvania by improving the quality and affordability of housing.

We conduct applied research, foster the development and commercialization of innovative technologies, and transfer appropriate technologies to the housing community.

Pennsylvania Housing Research Center

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The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-2341

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