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Designer's Select: Smart Home Technology | Architect Magazine

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From detection systems to solar power control, Victor Body-Lawson, FAIA, Sarah Broughton, FAIA and Panji Grainger share their selection of smart technology products for single-family and multifamily homes.

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Victor Bodhi Lawson, FAIA

Founder, Body Lawson Associates Architects & Planners

New York

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August Home: Smart Lock Pro
“These keyless locks attach to the inside of the door for a clean look, making the owner’s cell phone the de facto key. The door is always open. Wherever you are.” It can detect if someone is there, unlock it before it arrives, and control it from anywhere.” august.com

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Building36: Water and HVAC detectors
“This smart home solution offers the ability to connect to a variety of apps and devices, including sensors to protect your home from water damage and detect potential HVAC system issues. ” building36.com

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Verkada: cameras and sensors
“Smart residences are benefiting from door and access systems that replace cameras with smart locks and have geo-fencing integrated into the doors themselves or their smart lock products. Because of the purchase, the cost of wiring and modifications is reduced.” verkada.com

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Sarah Broughton, FAIA

Principal, Roland + Broughton

Aspen, Colorado.

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Xtralis: Vesda System
“This state-of-the-art system not only has aesthetic benefits, but is also functionally upgraded to detect additional noxious and combustible gases. [With more sampling locations,] It can also detect smoke from fires more quickly. ” xtralis.com

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Ketra: HomeWorks automation system
“Using technology to emulate changes in natural light has benefits for human health in all climates, especially where people are indoors for long periods of time. Compatible.” ketra.com

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Lumos Solar: Vision Module System
“Made in the USA, these solar panels are built into the glass to create a cohesive aesthetic. The thin panels are modular with glass edges and come in a variety of densities, making them ideal for custom layouts and designs. A suitable opacity level is possible.” lumussolar.com

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Panji Grainger

Partner, Buro Happold

New York

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Ecobee: smart thermostat
“These temperature controls collect real-time data, can be integrated with Amazon Alexa, and include smart thermostat and security integration. Architects and owners can use this to adjust energy needs based on custom factors. You can start predicting the ecobee.com

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Latch: Guest and Delivery Management
“We are seeing smart security, door access and sensor products for high-rise residential buildings and this is the focus of our design team. can be extended to a complete building system of Latch.com

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Kode Labs: Smart Building Software
“This integrator software links smart technologies to reduce utility costs and ensure homes are as sustainable as they were designed. The data will help designers understand and more accurately predict energy needs and carbon in operation.” kodelabs.com

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