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The Future of Home Building and Residential Construction


From the rise of electric vehicles to the proliferation of the "work from home" movement, homeowners today demand more from their living spaces than ever before. Homeowners, builders, and remodelers, increasingly are relying on smart and connected devices and novel automation systems to help manage and control energy consumption, energy sources, network connectivity, air quality monitoring, lighting, appliances, entertainment systems, and heating, cooling, and ventilation.

In this 60-minute webinar, our panel of experts will share the latest trends, data, tips, and best practices for designing, building, marketing, and selling homes that are both smart and sustainable.

Topics include:

  • Market forces influencing the new energy landscape
  • How builders can differentiate themselves in the market by building smart and sustainable homes
  • Tips and best practices for designing, building, marketing, and selling homes that are both smart and sustainable
  • How to design and build all-electric homes for the U.S. market
  • Emerging products and systems in the smart/sustainable homes market

This webinar is hosted by Utopia and is sponsored by Utopia sponsor partners: Boral Building Products, JELD-WEN, Mitsubishi Electric, Panasonic, and Schneider Electric.

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Meet our smart and sustainable home experts

Deana Vidal New Home Trends Institute.jpg Deana Vidal
Manager, Trend Consulting
New Home Trends Institute
John Burns Real Estate Consulting

Deana Vidal focuses on applying our trend tracking, consumer research, and design insights into practical applications and deep, insightful feedback to help companies and communities make impactful decisions. Deana brings a rich history of research, development, and consumer insights to the team. She has worked with small businesses and startups around the world, developing consumer profiles and research strategies to better understand consumer needs. She was most recently the Business Development Manager for Bassenian Lagoni Architects and Planners. Deana holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Architecture (BARCH) from UNC Charlotte. In her free time, Deana stays active by hiking, road cycling, doing yoga, and paddleboarding.

John Barrows copy.jpg John Barrows
P3 Builder Group, Inc.
Bridgehampton, N.Y.

John Barrows has provided construction services, general contracting, construction management, and consultation services that include historic renovation, remodeling, and new construction not only at home on the East End of Long Island but also Nantucket, Hilton Head, SC, and the Adirondacks of upstate New York. Over the years his projects have incorporated sustainable and high-performance practices that include the careful selection of sustainable materials, energy efficient envelope systems, passive solar design, and alternative energy production. John founded P3 Builder Group, Inc, a company dedicated to bringing cost effective, sustainable, and energy efficient planning and construction practices to the housing market. The practices are based on the integration of Product, Process, and Performance as developed by Performance Path Solutions, LLC. John is also a founding partner of Performance Path Solutions, LLC, a company that brings innovative building practices to the building industry through educational programs and innovative products and provides green and energy conservation consulting services.

Brad Wills Schneider Electric.jpg Brad Wills
Director: Strategic Customers & Programs
Schneider Electric
Brentwood, Tenn.

Brad Wills joined Square D in August 1993 after completing his MBA from the University of Kentucky. Over the last 28 years he has served in many roles including: market research, product management and development, segment sales management and marketing, channel management, U.S. marketing operations, and new business startup. In his latest role as Director: Strategic Customers & Programs, Brad is responsible for strategic development and execution of all the go to market and business programs for Schneider Electric’s Home & Distribution business.

David Barista, David Barista
Content Director
Arlington Heights, Ill.

David Barista has covered the U.S. construction industry for more than 19 years, including multiple editorial roles at Building Design+Construction magazine, where he currently serves as Editorial Director. He also leads content direction for UTOPIA, SGC Horizon’s new media platform for innovation and advancements in the U.S. housing sector.