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Is There Growing Builder Backlash to ‘Smart Homes’?

Homebuilders are dangerously being advised they are ‘dumb’ for not constructing ‘smart homes,’ and providing Wi-Fi is their only requirement.

Jason Knott · April 25, 2019

Control4 Reports Record Revenues, but Stock Plunges … Why?

Smart-home maker Control4 reaps a record $71.6M in revenues for Q3 2018, beats on earnings, reports strong home builder adoption … but CTRL shares tumble on lowered Q4 guidance.

Jason Knott · November 06, 2018

Control4 Pushes ‘Long Game’ of Expanding Smart Home Market, Awareness

Control4’s Certified Showroom program, CA-1 controller for builders, Intercom Anywhere and expanded BakPak initiatives help feed integrator pipeline.

CE Pro Editors · September 27, 2018

Home Builders, Lighting Control Industry Beg: No More AFCI Mandates!

More arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCI) in homes have been proposed for NEC 2020, but the NAHB argues it won’t improve safety, and home-tech integrators bemoan dimming issues and nuisance trips.

Julie Jacobson · December 21, 2017

Legrand Lighting Controls Selected for Major New-Home Development in Fla.

Neal Communities to install Legrand’s P&S electrical products, lighting controls and specialty outlets in 1,200 Sarasota-area homes per year, with Legrand Radiant lighting offered as upgrade.

CE Pro Editors · December 18, 2017

In Defense of Lennar’s Wi-Fi Smart Home Strategy: ‘Wireless is the Future’

Most home-tech experts applaud Lennar’s ‘Wi-Fi Certified’ program, but not the builder’s mostly-wireless approach to the smart home. Still, some pros defend the homebuilder for being ‘progressive thinkers.’

Julie Jacobson · July 10, 2017

Lennar’s ‘Wi-Fi Certified’ Homes: Going All-Wireless is ‘Big Disservice’

Lennar’s commitment to ‘Wi-Fi Certified’ homes is a ‘great start’, but tech industry criticizes #2 builder for nixing future-ready wiring in 25,000+ new homes per year.

Julie Jacobson · July 07, 2017

Lennar Begins Construction on Wi-Fi Certified Smart Homes Powered by Ruckus, Amazon

Lennar’s Wi-Fi Certified Home Designs will include Ruckus Wi-Fi, Amazon Echo, Samsung SmartThings and other smart home brands like Ring, Honeywell, Lutron and Sonos.

Lisa Montgomery · June 21, 2017

Realtors Becoming Obsolete Without Smart Home Tech for On-Demand Home Buyers

NterNow, a platform that enables on-demand home buyers to check out homes for sale, is just the beginning of a revolution of home buying and selling in the digital age, which will change the business models of traditional Realtors.

Julie Jacobson · April 27, 2017

Advice from Expert: Builders Don’t Want DIY Home Automation

Tim Costello of the home-builder marketing firm BDX warns that homebuilders want built-in smart-home technologies to encourage consumers to buy new homes.

Julie Jacobson · March 22, 2017