Homebuilders

Is There Growing Builder Backlash to ‘Smart Homes’?

By Jason Knott · April 25, 2019 • Homebuilders are dangerously being advised they are ‘dumb’ for not constructing ‘smart homes,' and providing Wi-Fi is their only requirement.

Control4 Reports Record Revenues, but Stock Plunges ... Why?

By Jason Knott · November 6, 2018 • 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.

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

By CE Pro Editors · September 27, 2018 • Control4’s Certified Showroom program, CA-1 controller for builders, Intercom Anywhere and expanded BakPak initiatives help feed integrator pipeline.

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

By Julie Jacobson · December 21, 2017 • 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.

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

By CE Pro Editors · December 18, 2017 • 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.

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

By Julie Jacobson · July 10, 2017 • 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 / CE Pro)

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

By Julie Jacobson · July 7, 2017 • 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 / CE Pro)

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

By Lisa Montgomery · June 21, 2017 • Lennar's Wi-Fi Certified Home Designs will include Ruckus Wi-Fi, Amazon Echo, Samsung SmartThings and other smart home products like Ring doorbells, Honeywell thermostats, Lutron lighting and Sonos wireless audio.

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

By Julie Jacobson · April 27, 2017 • 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 / CE Pro)

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

By Julie Jacobson · March 22, 2017 • 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.

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

By CE Pro Editors · February 24, 2017 • Brookfield Residential offers Lutron smart-home devices, Honeywell thermostats and voice control through Apple Siri.

A Faustian Bargain: Will Builders Subsidize Smart Homes in Exchange for IoT Data?

By Julie Jacobson · October 21, 2016 • Speaking at Azione Unlimited fall conference, home-building expert Tim Costello wondered aloud about the possibility of builders mining IoT data from home automation and other residential technologies. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)

Lennar Community Goes Standard with Z-Wave-based Controls

By Jason Knott · June 15, 2016 • Homebuilder Lennar offers as standard amenities equipment from Schlage, Ring, UTC, Nortek and Leviton, plus solar panels in new 144-home community in Orlando.

Control4 Homebuilder Program: Integrators Tout up to 80% Closing Rate

By Advertorial · July 22, 2015 • Set yourself apart by constructing homes that include the automation technology that today’s savvy homeowner expects.

Latest Industry Stats in Audio, Video and Homebuilding

By Robert Archer · May 6, 2015 • The consumer electronics industry generates a near endless amount of statistical data. Here are some of the latest numbers that size up the state of the industry, including audio, video and homebuilding.

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