More manufacturers are using technology to optimize efficiency, comfort and performance.
Green Builder Media recently announced its annual 2016 Hot 50 Products. Included on the list are products that contribute to a home’s intelligence, durability, energy efficiency and/or resilience. Many of this year’s picks optimized their functions by combining improved design with connected technology.
“This is not your average year for product innovation,” says Green Builder magazine Editor-in-Chief Matt Power. “For the first time, high-tech gadgets have begun to overlap with building products in very significant ways. The combination of sensors with wireless technology gives homeowners an almost omniscient power to manage climate, security and access to a home.”
From smart appliances to indoor air quality monitoring to Bluetooth-enabled laser measures, the Internet of Things is influencing more and more product categories, and is even changing how pros use the tools of their trade.
“The triple convergence of code changes, wireless sensors and instant control will soon weed out shoddy workmanship and inferior products. In a transparent world, only the genuine can survive,” says Power. “This is the most innovative batch of products we've seen in years.”
Some of the 2016 Hot 50 Products include:
- Panasonic WhisperGreen Select – The 2016 ENERGY STAR Most Efficient IAQ solution incorporates a set of features that enable customization and easier installation.
- Whirlpool Smart Top Load Washer and Dryer: This smart pair uses technology to power philanthropy. Through the Connect to Care program, families donate a small amount to Habitat for Humanity with every load of laundry.
- Stack Lighting – Lights communicate with each other and the hub via ZigBee, automatically turning on and off, adjusting color temperature to time of day and dimming or brightening according to ambient light.
- BrainPipes by Intelligent Water Management: Unlike typical leak detection systems, sensors placed at each faucet and fixture detect losses in water pressure and the sensor sends an alert.
See the full list of 2016 Hot 50 Products.
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