Take a virtual tour of the KAUST smart home


Vision statement
The smart home will be a living space that embodies the values of KAUST. It will be a home that centers around the human experience while addressing global sustainability challenges.

It will be a model for other homes, neighborhoods, and cities providing a wealth of information, data, and lessons learned. 

The smart home will continuously evolve and will welcome new ideas and experiments. It will be a place that inspires the community and new generations to think differently about their living needs. 

It will be a place to demonstrate collaborations and the collective strength of partnerships. The smart home will be a great story for KAUST!

Partnership between

Facilities Management, KAUST Smart & Community Life


A sustainable experience. .

The Smart Home has received a LEED platinum certification and is designed to be  near to net-zero. It reduces its carbon foot-print through its energy efficient design and renewable energy integration.  It boasts the latest in water preservation and conservation technologies, such as the conversion of solar energy to drinkable water through hydro-panels, and a system that locally recycle the grey water and use it for irrigation and flush tanks.  Several energy generative technologies are used to reduce the dependency on fossil fuel for electricity.  The smart home is partly cooled through geothermal heat exchange as excess heat is lead out of the home into the ground. 

A Living laboratory 

8 different local KAUST startups integrate their technology in the house as well as multiple  companies, vendors and collaborators.  ​

The Smart Home is a living lab and it provides data that can educate and assist in making choices for future implementation on a larger scale.
User centricity - Living the experience​

We draw on the knowledge of our rich and diverse community. We test concepts and new technologies continuously. ​

KAUST residents will have the opportunity to live in the Smart Home, immersed in an extraordinary experience with innovative solutions and cutting edge technology at their fingertips. ​


This is the video for the Smart home.