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Builder to Push Apple HomeKit Home Automation to 47,000 Homes

Brookfield Residential offers Lutron smart-home devices, Honeywell thermostats and voice control through Apple Siri.

Builder to Push Apple HomeKit Home Automation to 47,000 Homes
Brookfield Residential offers Apple HomeKit smart-home solutions to home buyers in California.

CE Pro Editors · February 24, 2017

Home builder Brookfield Residential is pushing Apple HomeKit in a new “gigabit” community in Los Angeles, called Ontario Ranch. The home-automation systems are available today in roughly 1,000 homes, but the builder plans to offer the solutions in about 47,000 homes in the next 20 years.

Demonstrated in Brookfield's model homes, the initial HomeKit packages include a Lutron Caseta lighting system, Lutron Serena shades, Honeywell Lyric thermostats.

“At Brookfield Residential we offer home buyers the ability to customize their homes as part of our new home-design experience,” says Brookfield Residential California COO Adrian Foley. “One of the biggest innovative opportunities we see is the ability to offer technology that both adds joy and convenience and also makes a home more energy-efficient. Apple HomeKit, and the new Home app in iOS, embody those principles by offering a simple, secure, and convenient way to control home automation products.”

Home buyers will have the chance to select a complete package and Brookfield will install it prior to the move-in date. The systems will support voice control through Apple Siri, and the iOS 10 support means that homeowners will be able to control all of their smart devices without having to open up a specific app for each item—what once was a drawback of Apple HomeKit.

While HomeKit packages are an option, there is plenty of other technology included in the Brookfield Homes at Ontario Ranch as standard amenities, such as:

  • LED lighting in the main living areas
  • High-speed (Category 6) Ethernet wiring in the great room, kitchen, bonus room, and master bedroom
  • USB outlet in the kitchen 
  • Multi-zone heating and cooling system with programmable thermostats

The Brookfield homes measure around 3,500 square feet and sell from the low $500,000s to mid $500,000s.

Other builders offering Apple HomeKit as an optional upgrade include KB Home, Lennar Home, and R&F Properties. In addition to its model home at Ontario Ranch, Brookfield will also offer HomeKit at new neighborhoods in Irvine, Calif.



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Comments

Posted by wsherman11 on May 25, 2017

You guys do realize that each of these items has their own app that android users can log into to control these items. They can probably set some of these or maybe even all of them up with Alexa…stop being so negative lol…

Posted by Home Technology Expert on February 27, 2017

Most of our higher ($100,000 per year and up) income clients have iPhones. I have to work hard to find clients that might have an Android phone. There are options with smart home accessories that can work with Apple Siri and Amazon Alexa both.

Posted by antoniohardeman on February 27, 2017

@Adroit1,

The good thing is that the Homekit package is an option for buyers.  If it was included in every home then I could see where it would be a problem for some. 

I do agree that on the basic principle of underlying tech in a home being platform agnostic is a good thing.  I use an Iphone but I have a Samsung tablet.  I purposefully wanted to be platform agnostic with my mobile device choices and my smarthome platform.

Posted by Adroit1 on February 26, 2017

This is an almost great idea, except that iPhones only account for 25% of smart phone sales. The rest of the world uses Android, and this completely shuts them out. The smart home concept is great, but the products to be platform agnostic. If the automation doesn’t work on all platforms, then, in this case, 75% of potential customers can’t use your products. A great concept, just poor application.

Posted by Adroit1 on February 26, 2017

This is an almost great idea, except that iPhones only account for 25% of smart phone sales. The rest of the world uses Android, and this completely shuts them out. The smart home concept is great, but the products to be platform agnostic. If the automation doesn’t work on all platforms, then, in this case, 75% of potential customers can’t use your products. A great concept, just poor application.

Posted by antoniohardeman on February 27, 2017

@Adroit1,

The good thing is that the Homekit package is an option for buyers.  If it was included in every home then I could see where it would be a problem for some. 

I do agree that on the basic principle of underlying tech in a home being platform agnostic is a good thing.  I use an Iphone but I have a Samsung tablet.  I purposefully wanted to be platform agnostic with my mobile device choices and my smarthome platform.

Posted by Home Technology Expert on February 27, 2017

Most of our higher ($100,000 per year and up) income clients have iPhones. I have to work hard to find clients that might have an Android phone. There are options with smart home accessories that can work with Apple Siri and Amazon Alexa both.

Posted by wsherman11 on May 25, 2017

You guys do realize that each of these items has their own app that android users can log into to control these items. They can probably set some of these or maybe even all of them up with Alexa…stop being so negative lol…