Home automation, connected HVAC and alternative building materials took center stage at the 2016 Pacific Coast Builders Conference (PCBC).
The two-day event kicked off Wednesday with a keynote address from journalist and industry expert, Joshua Ramo. This address focused on how companies can adapt to a rapidly changing economic and political landscape, while Thursday’s keynote from Airbnb’s Chip Conley focused on how the sharing economy is disrupting the industry.
Following Ramo’s keynote, the expo hall opened to attendees. More than 200 exhibitors showcased existing and upcoming products, and PCBC featured 20 exhibitors as Parade of Products (POP) winners.
SnapPower, Panasonic, Savant, Phantom Screens and TOTO were a few of the manufacturers chosen as POP winners for outstanding achievement in new product development.
Aside from the POP awards, PCBC 2016’s agenda also featured educational sessions and pre-conference workshops from industry leaders.
Smart HVAC control was prominently featured on the show floor as major HVAC manufacturers Carrier, Rheem and QuietCool showcased new, whole-house solutions.
Carrier unveiled the COR home automation platform, which aims to blend HVAC control with home automation using Z-Wave. This launch shows that more major names are expanding options to line-up behind the smart home.
Another strong trend seen at PCBC was the emergence of the alternative building material, spray polyurethane foam. TecHome Builder spoke with members of the Spray Foam Alliance who see this technology as helping builders market more resilient, appealing homes in areas with inclement weather. Stay tune for a story on this.
Whirlpool showcased its line of connected wall ovens, dishwashers and fridges with new products that won’t hit the market until the end of the year. The appliance giant also teased an upcoming kitchen suite of connected appliances that builders will be able to market by 2017.
From connected appliances to new HVAC solutions, builders and integrators had a lot to look forward to. Stay tuned as TecHome Builder features exhibitors and major players from the show.
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