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Smart and Healthy Features Abound in KB Home ProjeKt: Part 2
KB Home ProjeKt. Image: Builder Magazine.

Smart and Healthy Features Abound in KB Home ProjeKt: Part 2

As we wrote in Part 1 of our coverage of the KB Home ProjeKt, this Las Vegas-area concept home endeavors to deliver connected home and holistic design features aimed at the long-term health and wellness of its eventual occupants.  In this segment, we will take…

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8 Smart Product Ideas for an Eco-Friendly Home
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8 Smart Product Ideas for an Eco-Friendly Home

Becoming eco-friendly has become a priority for many homeowners who are considering upgrading or retrofitting their dwelling. It is understandable, as everyone is more conscious about their impact on the environment. And the truth is that many eco-friendly decisions also end up saving you money…

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Home Solar Systems: A Seasonal Maintenance Guide
Regular seasonal maintenance on solar panel systems is a must. Image: Native.

Home Solar Systems: A Seasonal Maintenance Guide

Make no mistake, your solar panel setup is a sturdy piece of technology that should only be handled and maintained by your solar provider—at least when it comes to repairs, replacements, and electrical maintenance. However, this doesn’t mean that you, as the owner, cannot contribute…

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Are Smart Homes Normalizing Energy-Efficient Living?
A multitude of energy- and resource-efficient smart-home technologies are becoming mainstream in today's homes, thereby normalizing energy-efficient living. Image: Brian Babb on Unsplash.

Are Smart Homes Normalizing Energy-Efficient Living?

Smart and sustainable homes can offer excellent energy efficiency, curbing energy and resource waste on a global scale. A variety of technologies and applications promote efficiency in smart homes, with light bulbs, thermostats, window coverings, sprinkler controllers, solar photovoltaic systems, and much more. Although the…

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Smappee transforms boring appliances into smart devices
Ever wonder how much energy your abode is using right now? Monitors like Smappee can tell you in a flash.

Smappee transforms boring appliances into smart devices

Everybody wastes at least a little bit of electrical energy in their home, but how can you eliminate that waste if you don’t know where it’s coming from? Well, with Smappee, you can. The company offers a range of whole-home energy monitors, smart plugs, and…

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Infographic: Energy Efficient Home | The Basics
The infographic Energy Efficient Home: The Basics goes far behind the basics of building an energy efficient dwelling. Scroll into it below. Image: Blinds 2 Go.

Infographic: Energy Efficient Home | The Basics

In a comprehensive infographic on the green or high-performance home, the creative and editorial team behind the Energy Efficient Home: The Basics infographic below have most assuredly gone far beyond the basics. From our colleagues at the UK-based company Blinds 2 Go, the illustration covers…

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5 Energy Efficiency Tips for Connected Homes
Smart plugs like the iDevices Switch can help promote energy efficiency for non-smart devices. Image: Digitized House Media.

5 Energy Efficiency Tips for Connected Homes

These days, technology is prevalent everywhere. It may be in our pockets, on our wrists, in our cars and—unsurprisingly—may be found throughout our homes. With the right suite of tech accessories, all you have to do is tap a button on your smartphone or tablet…

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Video: New spin on homework, smart tiny houses built by high schoolers
Tiny Homes Showcase home. Image: Digitized House

Video: New spin on homework, smart tiny houses built by high schoolers

With much of the buzz around the tiny house movement focused on start-ups making their plays in the micro-housing ecosystem, high school students at the Construction Careers Academy outside of San Antonio, Texas, are quietly going about designing and building their own genre of smart…

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TreeHouse opens its emerald aisles to Dallas
TreeHouse Dallas opens its doors.

TreeHouse opens its emerald aisles to Dallas

The antithesis of the typical big-box home improvement store, green retailer TreeHouse officially opened its doors in metropolitan Dallas on June 2, in a groundbreaking new building designed out of the gate to produce more energy than it consumes. But achieving the goal of being…

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Austin green gems: 2017 Cool House Tour venue preview
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Austin green gems: 2017 Cool House Tour venue preview

The month of June in the city of Austin, Texas, can be blistering hot, as the sometimes-moderate temperatures of spring yield to an often-oppressive summer climate where the thermometer can climb toward or inch beyond the century mark. And it is no coincidence that the Cool…

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The Emerald Aisles of TreeHouse: Part 3
TreeHouse Dallas clerestory windows

The Emerald Aisles of TreeHouse: Part 3

High clerestory windows are a common design detail on residential and commercial structures. But in the architectural case of the under-construction metro Dallas store for green retailer TreeHouse, clerestory windows are not merely details, they are applied in five massive, building-wide swaths below the building's…

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The Emerald Aisles of TreeHouse: Part 2
TreeHouse Dallas store

The Emerald Aisles of TreeHouse: Part 2

Call it the Tesla triumvirate. It’s no accident that Tesla drivers visiting the future metro Dallas location of green home improvement retailer TreeHouse will be able to rapidly recharge their electric automobiles from a bank of on-site Tesla Superchargers while they shop a solar-powered store graced…

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The Emerald Aisles of TreeHouse: Part 1
Jason Ballard. Image: Digitized House Media.

The Emerald Aisles of TreeHouse: Part 1

For Jason Ballard, president and co-founder of green home improvement retailer TreeHouse, there was no predetermined path forward as he launched his startup on the fringes of hipster Austin, Texas, in 2011. But as we gazed over the site of the sizable dig that will soon…

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Tesla Solar Roof: Are metal roofs passé?

Metal surfaces have earned a well-deserved reputation as the leading roofing choice on today’s sustainable architecture homefront, and for good reasons. The benefits of these roofs are many, including an extremely long service life, near-zero maintenance, increased safety through fire resistance, higher energy efficiency, and…

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Tour a healthy, zero-energy, and zero-water smart home
Front face at sunset.

Tour a healthy, zero-energy, and zero-water smart home

As a living, breathing laboratory venue for Digitized.House Magazine, our lab home will open its green doors for an exclusive tour on October 15, which will be hosted by our colleagues at Green For A Reason. Located in the village of Driftwood, Texas—just outside of…

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