Avant homes has partnered with British Gas to become the first UK housebuilder to offer Hive Active Heating technology as part of its all-inclusive offering.
Hive Active Heating utilises smart wireless technology to give customers control over their heating and hot water from a smart phone or laptop, wherever the user is. A British Gas innovation, Hive Active Heating is designed to help homeowners save money on their energy bills as it means they never need to heat an empty house again.
The technology is being integrated into all new houses being built at Avant Homes’ current developments throughout Scotland, North East England, Yorkshire and the Midlands in 2017.
Commenting on the partnership, Avant Homes Chief Executive, Colin Lewis, said: “Innovation is a core tenet of our business and vital to our continued success. We are constantly striving to further enhance our product design and specification to the benefit of homebuyers, whilst simultaneously investing in our people, processes and technologies.
“Hive is a perfect example of our approach as we are seizing the initiative by introducing the technology across our developments. Doing so differentiates Avant Homes and provides purchasers with additional benefits to owning one of our properties.”
“We are committed to innovation and how it can be applied so that we continuously offer our customers a new home like no other and one that challenges the conventions of the UK housebuilding industry. We are excited by our partnership with British Gas and the significant advantages it will deliver, both in terms of improved energy savings for our purchasers and the increased control and flexibility it gives them over their homes.”
The Hive wireless thermostat gives purchasers of an Avant Home the ability to manage their energy use with Hive Active Heating if they choose to install The Hive Hub. The hub plugs into a broadband router, and can be controlled through a smartphone, tablet or laptop. It works with any existing energy provider, meaning there is no need to change gas or electricity supplier.
Tom Guy, Hive Global Product Director, added: “We’re delighted that our Hive Active Heating technology will be at the heart of Avant Homes properties. At Hive, our aim is to create a little bit of magic in the everyday and make modern living as effortless as possible for homeowners through our family of products and services, including our award-winning smart thermostat.”