Intelligent home living company Wondrwall has appointed a chair.

Housing professional David Cowans will join the fast-growing Manchester technology company.

Cowans was chief executive of Places for People, a property management company that builds homes and communities across the country, for 24 years. 

He will aim to help the existing management team expand upon the intelligent management and renewable energy technology they are developing to be at the forefront of using data and intelligence to harmonise the supply, storage, generation and control of energy in homes. 

Wondrwall was founded by current CEO Daniel Burton in 2014. It has developed a wide-ranging and complementary suite of products for the home which uses artificial intelligence to learn behaviours to help users maximise energy efficiency across their home.

It claims its modular system can reduce energy costs by up to 90% and, with the addition of its renewable energy techn solutions, allows the company to provide clean energy to reduce emissions in the home.

The technology is currently being used by developers in new build markets as well as by councils and housing associations in the retrofitting of existing property portfolios to make them more energy efficient and reduce their carbon footprint.

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“The demand for intelligent home management systems which provide clean energy solutions continues to grow at a pace,” said Burton. 

“David, with his knowledge of the UK housing market, is an ideal addition to our team. His track record speaks for itself. 

“With the addition of David’s market insight and experience, I feel confident we will be delivering the right solutions that will define the future market of the intelligent home. I am looking forward to working and learning from David as we help the company reach its potential.”


Cowans added: “Technology is going to become ever more important in how we live our lives in the future. We need to build new homes which are zero carbon and we have to retrofit our existing housing stock to make it more energy efficient. 

“Regulations and legislation in this area are changing which demands carbon neutral solutions. Wondrwall will be at the forefront of the provision of increased comfort and energy efficiency in the home. 

“The technology they are developing can help save money for homeowners and also reduce emissions in the home. I look forward to using my knowledge and experience of the UK housing market to help create new opportunities for Daniel and his team.”