The TecHome Builder Summit and LUX events have been the meeting points for numerous custom and high-volume homebuilders and technology companies. And more than this—they drive results, business partnerships and ultimately the industry forward.
One builder switched connected lock companies. Another is working with a customer loyalty management firm. A handful of others chose to include home automation as standard in their new homes.
What do these builders all have in common? They each took advantage of the opportunity to partner with companies they otherwise might not have gotten to know.
Luxury Home Automation
Whitestone Builders, a luxury builder in Houston, began working with Savant after the inaugural TecHome Summit event in 2014.
“We attended your event in Austin and met and talked with Savant systems at the event—and have decided to standardize on their home automation systems,” says David Gordon, president of Whitestone Builders.
With its integrator of choice, Datasmart, Whitestone Builders is planning to use the Savant system as standard starting in Q3 2015.
Mark Fischer, president of Grupe HomeStar Marchbrook Building Company and Grupe Custom Homes, says he likes Savant because the user interface is “one of the best we’ve seen.” Grupe offers a basic Savant package standard to control A/V, keyless entry and more.
Home Control Made Easy
Each home in Solid Green’s 1835 Village community in Gonzales, Texas, and Granite Ridge’s NextSTEP Innovation Home Gallery includes Clare’s CLIQ Controller, the “brain” of the automation solution.
Solid Green homeowners can select personalized packages to add A/V entertainment, safety and security, energy monitoring, comfort and convenience. All of Clare’s lifestyle applications are unified securely under the control of a personalized interface on users’ smart devices.
“The ability to control and monitor the home, remotely and simply, is important for our mission of achieving sustainability, comfort and security for homeowners,” says David Carolan, founder of Solid Green Companies.
In the NextSTEP Innovation Home, the controller operates eight zones of security, door sensors, motion detectors, light switches, the scene keypad for light and audio control, audio system and speakers, automated thermostat, whole-house water shutoff, appliances and blinds.
“We wanted a home automation system that was designed to be simple and easy for any home buyer to use and understand,” says Ariel Shuler, marketing director for Granite Ridge. “Clare Controls allowed us to manage our homes’ automation with one easy-to-use system.”
Similarly, Pepper Viner’s 10-home Stonebridge in the Foothills subdivision in Tucson, Arizona, come with a Clare Controls home automation system, which the company found at the first TecHome Builder Summit.
California Home Builders will also be offering a basic Clare Controls home automation package in its homes.
“After the TecHome Builder LUX, where we learned more about the available smart home solutions and met with the Clare Controls reps, we decided to make smart and green homes the standard for building homes in our company,” says Noah Hameiri, vice president of marketing and strategic planning for California Home Builders.
“The information provided in the sessions assisted us in finding the right partner and making dreams come true for first-time homebuyers and buyers in general.”
Lights, Camera, Action!
While home automation has been the star at our TecHome Builder events, other companies have shared the spotlight. Since attending LUX, Sierra West Homes has integrated Legrand’s Adorne products as a design feature in its model home, and plans to implement the lighting plates and switches in luxury homes in a new Okanagan Wine Country development located in Peachland, BC, Canada.
“This is a great marketing tool for the vendor as it gives clients the opportunity to experience the product in a luxurious model home setting, rather than a traditional retail distributor,” says Brenda Shuwera, public relations specialist on behalf of Sierra West Homes. Shuwera says that clients gravitate toward the Adorne line in the showroom due to its luxurious design detail.
In fact, his company switched door hardware companies because of Yale’s offerings. Pyramid now uses the Digital Door doorbell and camera viewer, with a 105-degree viewing angle on a 3.5-inch LCD screen.
Each Pyramid home also comes with a connected Yale Security YRD210-ZW-619 Real Living Electronic Push Button Deadbolt, which is fully motorized with Z-Wave technology.
Savvy Service Providers
“We chose to work with Avid because they are the industry leader in new home surveys,” says Neary.
A full-service customer loyalty management firm specializing in the homebuilding industry, Avid offers surveys, organizational strategies, employee training and interactive media marketing solutions to more than 2,800 home building companies, including Copperleaf.
“We are a company that strives for constant improvement, and the thing that we were lacking was honest and reliable feedback [from] our customers,” says Neary. “Avid’s ability to customize their surveys to meet our specific needs was paramount in our decision to work with them. Their professionalism and dedication are why we are thrilled with our choice and why we will be customers for life.”
As they say, the proof is in the pudding. These powerful events are making an impact. The 2015 TecHome Builder Summit is currently being held in Austin, Texas.