Holmes Homes Partnered with Control4 to Offer Home Automation with New Houses

  • Posted on: 7 October 2010
  • By: Patrick Oliphant

In a move to make whole home automation a part of its standard option for new home development US home builder Holmes Home is working with Control4, the home control and automation specialist. Through the collaboration Holmes Home will offer a complete Control4 home automation system to homeowners as a standard feature in an affordable new housing development in Daybreak, a sustainable community located near Salt Lake City, Utah.

The Holmes Technology Standard package includes a IP-based security system, Control4 whole-home controller, Control4 lighting, Control4 thermostats, Kwikset  ZigBee door locks and a 2-zone distributed music system with a Control4 iPod docking station.

This I think is a new move for entry-level home builders. Normally homes that are newly built with this level of automation and control system would be at the higher end of the market. The homes being built will start at $130,000.

The Control4 system has been pre-programmed with a "Good Night" feature, which gives homeowners peace of mind by letting them know that the house is secure before bedtime. A simple touch of a button closes the garage door, locks all doors and adjusts lighting and thermostat to energy efficient levels.

 The Apple iPad™ is  included with every Holmes Smart Home, adding another layer of convenience to the Control4 system by allowing access from any room in the house or anywhere in the world.