Will Your New Home Have a Control Room?

(Video) Will Your Next New Home Have a Control Room?

Video: "Will Your New Home Have a Control Room?" by Todd Ristorcelli

The importance of products showcased at tradeshows such as the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and the International Builders Show (IBS) is not just that they are stylish or fun.

The technology displayed at these shows often turns up in products that we use every day. With the rise of smart homes, the homebuilding industry and advanced technologies are forever linked. A breakout session at IBS — “Best in Show: The Latest Trends for Housing from the Consumer Electronics Show” —featuring Builder Homesite Inc.’s Tim Costello and Melissa Morman, addressed this issue. (Disclosure: BHI is the parent company of NewHomeSource.) The session focused on how the tech trends they discovered at CES will affect the homebuilding industry in the coming year.

But that’s not the only place where the intersection of technology and homebuilding was apparent: The New American Home also addressed the marriage of tech and homes. Every room in the show home featured smart home tech to make managing the home easier. The secret to the fluidity of The New American Home’s wiring is that it was built in as part of the home’s design and construction plan.

The New American Home features a control room, which is the brain of the home. The integrated control hub means homeowners can easily access and control the home’s HVAC system, security, lighting and automation. The highlight, though, is not just the control room; it’s the ease of use of the hub.

Anyone can set up a variety of devices to create a smart home. The control room in The New American Home is meant to provide a central place for all devices that’s easy to use.

Control rooms are also used in Lennar’s Wi-Fi Certified homes. With its new feature, homebuyers will get a home that’s meant to seamlessly incorporate voice control and home automation with Amazon’s Alexa. The technology is cool, but what’s cooler is the ease of integrating this tech into a smart home. You don’t have to be technically savvy to manage this tech; it’s meant to be user friendly.

Wi-Fi Certified homes embrace the Wi-Fi Alliance’s Wi-Fi Certified Home Design program, which is meant to “drive the interoperability, adoption and evolution of Wi-Fi globally,” according to the Wi-Fi Alliance’s website. Powered by Ruckus Wireless, each of Lennar’s Wi-Fi Certified homes will have coverage in every room.

As you design your new home, it’s important to think about what new technologies can be incorporated from the beginning. Building a smart home is just one way to do that. And whether you will have a control room or a control hub like Alexa, a newly built home provides the fresh start you need to develop the smart home of your dreams.

Patricia L. Garcia is an award-winning journalist and former content manager for NewHomeSource. You can find her on Google+.

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