This month’s issue includes stories about three unfilled market niches that are significant opportunities for builders: culturally aware housing, live-work housing, and Missing Middle Housing.
ProBuilder Product Report: Home Technology
Check 'em out! The latest in home technology from Infinity, HAI and more.
Schneider Electric's Square D Clipsal Professional Dimmers are designed to control incandescent and compatible low-voltage lighting from one location. Ideal for tight-space applications, Professional Dimmer units are available in 5A (four channels), 10A (two channels) and 20A (one channel) models. Each channel provides independent dimming and electrical current regulation. For FREE information, visit http://pb.ims.ca/5647-126
Utilizing the company's MRS woofer, Infinity's ERS610 in-ceiling home theater loudspeaker uses Infinity's Same-Plane Surround suspension to provide increased sonic stability and accurate driver motion. Joining the MRS woofer are dual 3-inch CMMD mid-range drivers and a 1-inch CMMD tweeter for added sound quality. For FREE information, visit http://pb.ims.ca/5647-128
Users can control up to 15 scenes for a room or area and can manipulate up to 11 whole-house scenes with Pass & Seymour's Lightsense radio-frequency and matching hard-wired devices. A neat feature is the occupancy emulator option, which records normal light usage throughout the home and replicates it when the owners are away. For FREE information, visit http://pb.ims.ca/5647-127
Featuring a 6-inch woofer and four-inch mid-range with rubber surrounds, Audioaccess' AAS36AW can be used in high-humidity indoor environments and in all outdoor applications. The speakers have a weather-resistant grill and hardware, cast aluminum frames and gold-plated terminals. Each speaker gives 150 watts of power. For FREE information, visit http://pb.ims.ca/5647-129
You can offer better energy management to your homeowners with InTouch's CA8900 Wireless Thermostat. Made by Intermatic, the unit has a two-stage heat/pump and two-stage cooling capabilities. Users can choose from Fahrenheit or Celsius readings and can calibrate the output to their desire. For FREE information, visit http://pb.ims.ca/5647-130
Introducing the Silhouette from Kidde. These new UL-approved smoke alarms protrude less than half an inch from the ceiling and are powered by a sealed, rechargeable battery that lasts the life of the alarm. Builders benefit from an easy hard-wired installation thanks to the pre-stripped wiring harness with tinned strands. For FREE information, visit http://pb.ims.ca/5647-131
HAI's new automation software platform is the WL3 for Windows Home Server. The WL3 allows you to monitor and control your HAI Home Control System from any device with a web browser, including smart phones. It can also support IP cameras and users can view or record video regardless of what brand of camera you have. For FREE information, visit http://pb.ims.ca/5647-132
The market's first UL-listed, radio-frequency-based carbon monoxide detector is great for new or retrofit applications where pulling cable is a challenge. Made by Linear, model DXS-80 can be integrated into most alarm panels, and with the integration of the DX receiver it can be added to the home security system. For FREE information, visit http://pb.ims.ca/5647-133