Currently Reading

Smart Homes Are Going to Get a Lot Smarter


Smart Homes Are Going to Get a Lot Smarter

February 19, 2018
Smart-home technology graphic
Photo: Pixabay

Andrew Weinreich is bullish on smart-home technology and its potential for making our lives easier. His podcast series, “Predicting Our Future: The Future of the Smart Home,” explores “current industries that are ripe for massive disruption.” Weinreich has spoken with educators, manufacturers, developers, and retail giants like Walmart and Amazon about their visions for the Smart Home, and it’s great listening.

DI sat down with Weinreich recently to discuss home technology and the potential of building systems to disrupt the housing industry. Click here to listen to the podcasts.


How do you describe yourself—as a social entrepreneur?


I’m a serial entrepreneur. The first company I started was called Six Degrees, and it was probably the first online social network. We launched it in 1997 (Facebook was launched in 2004). Six Degrees raised more than $25 million and 100,000 plus followers. The intellectual content is now part of the Microsoft portfolio.


Do you sense big changes ahead for the housing industry, driven by technology in both homes and the way they’re produced?


We’re on the cusp of something really, really different happening. Now we’re talking about how to move from homes as something people take care of to homes that take care of people. Imagine a world where the house is attuned to all of your needs.

For example, you don’t need an alarm to wake you up in the morning because there are sensors in the ceiling that are tied into your Google calendar and “knows” that you have a spin class scheduled. Through artificial intelligence, the home calculates how long it will take you to get ready and the travel time to the class. And imagine coming downstairs and finding that your breakfast is being prepared for you.


So you envision an even more integrated experience?


Yes, one that is so sophisticated that it adjusts the lights and temperature in a room based on my persona.


Where is the biggest potential for smart-home technology?


The biggest potential for savings is in the area of energy usage. And it’s not just how much energy [the homeowner] is using. What if your appliances could tell you when they need service?


Would you care to make some predictions about home technology in the next 10 years?


Today, standalone apps such as smart speakers are integrated with voice-command devices like the Amazon Echo. In less than five years, there will be integrated solutions for existing homes as well as new homes. In a slightly longer time frame you’ll see amazing integration for new construction. And once all of the products are integrated, a whole new world will open up.


Before we wrap up, I have a quick question about building systems, or factory-built housing. Do you think home builders will ever totally embrace it?


A sea change will have to take place within the industry before home builders will realize the full potential of building systems. It’s going to take a new player, like a Tesla, for builders to embrace that technology more fully. Right now the process is very un-integrated: a developer invests in an urban infill site and contracts with an entity that delivers the building.

I think we’ll see the most radical building-systems innovation with multifamily housing rather than single family. 


Related Stories


10 Energy-Efficient Products for a More Sustainable Home

These energy-saving products can significantly lower utility costs while reducing a home's overall carbon footprint


Smart Tech and Automation Products for a Fully Integrated Home

The latest in smart tech products aim to make homes safer, more comfortable, and more convenient

Home Technology

The Benefits and Challenges of Implementing Smart Tech in Today’s Homes

Digitalization can reduce carbon emissions and help people age in place, but its widespread adoption in today's homes is slow and riddled with challenges


Top Articles


More in Category

COVID-19 may be easing its grip on the U.S. after a disastrous two years, but lingering supply chain disruptions have builders holding onto their pandemic business tactics

An archive of NHQA-winning companies that represent home building's best in Total Quality Management

Don’t let the current hype about single-family B2R communities obscure the need to create long-term sustainability and asset value


Create an account

By creating an account, you agree to Pro Builder's terms of service and privacy policy.

Daily Feed Newsletter

Get Pro Builder in your inbox

Each day, Pro Builder's editors assemble the latest breaking industry news, hottest trends, and most relevant research, delivered to your inbox.

Save the stories you care about

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet lorem ipsum dolor sit amet lorem ipsum dolor sit amet.

The bookmark icon allows you to save any story to your account to read it later
Tap it once to save, and tap it again to unsave

It looks like you’re using an ad-blocker!

Pro Builder is an advertisting supported site and we noticed you have ad-blocking enabled in your browser. There are two ways you can keep reading:

Disable your ad-blocker
Disable now
Subscribe to Pro Builder
Already a member? Sign in
Become a Member

Subscribe to Pro Builder for unlimited access

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua.