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Automating a home and tailoring controls to the unique lifestyle and requirements of customers is now at the forefront of modern living.

Dimming lights, motorised blinds, thermostats and timers were becoming the minimum expectations in new builds over a decade ago.

Automating a home and tailoring controls to the unique lifestyle and requirements of customers is now at the forefront of modern living — with architects, builders and electricians leading the charge.

New Zealand Master Builders Auckland chapter has recognised this with the launch of a new category in the House of the Year Awards which will debut in 2020.

The “Smart Home of the Year” award is sponsored by global leaders in energy management, PDL by Schneider Electric. This exciting category provides the opportunity to showcase and celebrate some of the innovative smart home installations that are emerging in new home builds across New Zealand.

What if your clients could simply have the front door unlocked to let them inside using facial recognition? Imagine if their security system disarmed, the lights came on and the kettle started to boil to prepare a cup of tea as they walk inside.

This and more is now a reality thanks to advances in home automation, and this can be turned into reality for every customer.

Basically, if they can plug it in, then it can be automated to suit them, their home, and their lifestyle.

Garage doors can open as your clients pull into their driveways. Lounges can be vacuumed with a touch on their smart phone. Electronic blinds can open and music can start playing on wireless speakers.

Builders can now provide endless quality-of-life upgrades — adding value to projects and enhancing the comfort, convenience, security and energy efficiency that customers can derive from their home.

Home automation has never been more affordable or accessible. As clients and customers become more aware of the capabilities and demand increases, there’s no better time to get one step ahead and start leading the way.