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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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Infographic: Passive Housing | A Smarter Way of Living 

Passive housing is fast becoming one of the most sought-after types of accommodation as homeowners realize the energy-saving (and indeed bill-reducing) and sustainability potential of this fascinating concept. In a passive house, a steady, comfortable temperature is maintained in every room, so you won’t go…

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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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Austin Cool House Tour 2018 a study in smart design
Carter Design Associates and Tensegrity, LLC, exterior shading. Image: Leonid Furmansky.

Austin Cool House Tour 2018 a study in smart design

For residents of Austin, Texas, the 22nd annual Cool House Tour is an opportunity to take in the latest in high-performance residential architecture, encompassing both new construction and remodels across single- and multi-family configurations. These are, well, cool houses that incorporate smart design from the…

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ENTR smart door lock extends colour palette with black version
The ENTR smart door lock is available Europe-wide in a new black version. Image: ASSA ABLOY.

ENTR smart door lock extends colour palette with black version

ASSA ABLOY built their award-winning ENTR smart door lock to blend seamlessly with European contemporary smart home design. Now, the product is available in a new black colour, as well as the original white, to complement any colour scheme. Installing an ENTR lock requires no…

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Apple AirPods wireless earbuds
Day 11 of 12 Smart Gifts: Apple AirPods wireless earbuds. Image: Digitized House.

Apple AirPods wireless earbuds

It has been a year since Apple began shipping their AirPods—the Cupertino company’s first wireless earbuds—yet the product is still on a back-order delivery schedule. As we write this just a few days before Christmas 2017, Apple is showing a January 10, 2018 delivery date…

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Day 9 of 12 Smart Gifts: Jasco Cordinate Décor extension cord
Day 9 of 12 Smart Gifts: Jasco Cordinate Décor extension cord. Image: Digitized House.

Day 9 of 12 Smart Gifts: Jasco Cordinate Décor extension cord

A common downside to the hi-tech accessories in our connected homes is their insatiable appetite for plug-in electrical power. And of course, wall outlets are never located where they are most needed, so extension cords, power strips, and surge protectors are the standard, often-inelegant solution.…

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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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Video: A modern take on Victorian architecture
AIA Austin Homes Tour | Tim Brown Architecture. Image: Digitized House

Video: A modern take on Victorian architecture

In this thoroughly modern home by Austin firm Tim Brown Architecture, classic Victorian forms and scale blend seamlessly with contemporary elements to orchestrate an eminently livable inside-to-outside experience for the family it was specifically designed around. Featured on the 2017 edition of the American Institute of Architects…

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Whirlwind view: AIA Austin Homes Tour 2017
Design: Barley|Pfeiffer Architecture. Image: Leonid Furmansky.

Whirlwind view: AIA Austin Homes Tour 2017

Featuring 13 residential properties in and around metropolitan Austin, Texas, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Austin Home Tour 2017 highlights leading-edge architectural projects that have been ideated, designed, and built specifically for the unique needs of the homeowners occupying them. In this 31st annual edition…

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5 exterior ideas and solutions for a smarter house
Kebony cladding on home in Lithuania. Image: Arches

5 exterior ideas and solutions for a smarter house

Your home’s exterior not only has a significant impact on its value, but also serves as a first impression for visitors. Careful exterior design choices can also give you a sense of pride and enhance your experience as a homeowner. However, aesthetics aren't the only…

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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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