Clubhouse to Smart House
When he isn’t busy tearing up the Masters, Tiger Woods is apparently making a name for himself designing a championship golf course with high-tech resort homes on the premises.
Yes, the golf course is cool. But we think the homes are even cooler. Bluejack National, a residential community to be built northwest of Houston by this fall, will include 386 private residences for year-round living and short-term visits. These cottages, member suites and Sunday Homes will each boast a Crestron home automation system.
According to Houston Business Journal, this system will not only do the usual tasks—manage the lights, audio and security system—but also allow residents to order food from the clubhouse. The homes will also have smart door locks, Dacor appliances, including a dual gas and electric range that has a built in tablet and a TV mirror.
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The community, which is scheduled to break ground in May, is being developed by Beacon Land Development and Lantern Asset Management. Tipler Design & Build LLC will build the 147 standard homes, while six custom homebuilders will be selected to build another 239. Tipler Design & Build has partnered with IGS Homeworks to incorporate the smart home features.
Energy Star, a United States Environmental Protection Agency voluntary program, recently announced the winners of the 2015 Energy Star Awards. The winners, which included homebuilders, manufacturers and other organizations, were recognized for helping others save energy and protect the climate.
Among the winners for Partner of the Year: Sustained Excellence for new home construction are several Habitat for Humanity branches, Meritage Homes and KB Home. According to a press release, KB Home has built more than 85,000 Energy Star certified homes since 2000, with 6,400 of them built in 2014.
As part of the company’s These KB Homes are Energy Stars campaign in November, KB Home posted a photo across its social media channels for 30 days to highlight a specific advantage of an Energy Star certified home.
LG Electronics was recognized increasing the overall sales of Energy Star appliances by 17.8 percent as compared to 2013 sales, and selling more than one million LG products recognized as Energy Star Most Efficient 2014. The company also introduced the Eco Hybrid Heat Pump Dryer that uses up to 50 percent less energy than a conventional dryer.
To check out the other award winners, visit the Energy Star website.
Smart Outdoor Living Trending Up
With the warmer weather finally creeping in, homeowners have outdoor living on their mind.
Outdoor living was named the most popular special function room among homeowners in a 2014 American Institute of Architects report.
According to Kleber and Associates research in 2015, consumers wish to integrate smart technology into these spaces, such as high-definition televisions, grills and lighting. Research also indicated that 74 percent of homeowners said enhancing the home’s atmosphere and increasing the resale value were the top motivations for having an outdoor living area.
Homebuilders are tuned into this trend as well. According to a Professional Builder Survey, 60 percent of builders say they have expanded their lineup of outdoor living options in the past year. Their reasoning is to use the area as an incentive to get potential buyers through the door at a lower cost per square foot.
Tech is also becoming more affordable to enhance these areas.