LG Electronics (LG) is set to unveil its housing solution, LG Smart Cottage, at IFA 2023.
The Smart Cottage is a compact, prefabricated home incorporating LG’s cutting-edge heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) and energy solutions, as well as its newest smart home appliances and services.
Blending premium appliances and convenient services with a space constructed using the latest in modular housing technologies and techniques, LG Smart Cottage introduces a new paradigm in residential living.
Designed with sustainability in mind and aligned with LG’s vision of a Better Life for All, the Smart Cottage features a two-story, studio-style layout that provides a functional, convenient living environment and maximum space efficiency.
The modular home, which has a small footprint but boasts all of the appliances and facilities one could need, can be easily transported and placed in the desired location. According to research released by ReportLinker, the global prefabricated housing market is expected to reach an estimated USD22.9-billion by 2028 with a compound annual growth rate of 4.8% from 2023 to 2028.
To reduce environmental impact, the home’s replaceable module components have been made with low-carbon steel materials produced by POSCO, a renowned South Korean steel company. The innovative, high-efficiency LG kitchen, living and air solutions installed in LG Smart Cottage include the WashTower Compact, QuadWash dishwasher, various built-in kitchen appliances, a water purifier and the Therma V Monobloc air-to-water heat pump (AWHP).
In addition to delivering year-round indoor comfort while using less power than a conventional heating and cooling system, LG’s energy-saving AWHP can provide a reliable supply of hot water via connection to the 200-litre-capacity Integrated Water Tank (IWT).
Moving outside, the exterior of the Smart Cottage is equipped with sustainability-focused LG technologies that can meet the daily energy needs of up to two occupants. Roof-mounted 4-kilowatt (kW) solar panels connect with the company’s Energy Storage System (ESS) to ensure the safe, reliable on-site collection and storage of solar power, generating as much as 15kW of electricity per day.
Any surplus energy can be stored in the ESS for later use, or be sold to the contracted electricity provider. Additionally, LG’s modular house has an electric vehicle (EV) charger built in, so homeowners won’t have to worry about fitting one themselves in order to power up their EV.
For a smart and convenient user experience, all of the appliances inside this extraordinary abode connect seamlessly with LG ThinQ. Via the ThinQ app, users can effortlessly control each appliance, manage the entire HVAC system and monitor energy storage and consumption in real-time.
What’s more, LG ThinQ connects to the Smart Cottage’s security-enhancing Internet of Things (IoT) accessories, including cameras, motion sensors and smart doorbells, helping to keep occupants safe and give them peace-of-mind. To help bring the Smart Cottage to life, LG partnered with GS Engineering & Construction Corp (GS E&C), a South Korean construction and civil engineering service provider.
President of LG Electronics Home Appliance & Air Solution Company, Lyu Jae-cheol, said it is more than just a prefabricated home – the LG Smart Cottage is an innovative housing solution that facilitates a sustainable lifestyle through state-of-the-art ThinQ connectivity.
“LG aims to redefine residential living by seamlessly integrating its energy solutions, appliances and services into a space that lets people live life their way,” Jae-cheol said.
Visitors to LG’s booth (Hall 18, Messe Berlin) at IFA 2023 from 1–5 September can explore the LG Smart Cottage.