Linda Mamet

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IRVINE, CA—TRIPointe Group's new HomeSmart programis centered on comfort and control, access and security andWi-Fi connectivity, providing homeowners with 24/7 energy savings and morebenefits, VP of corporate marketing Linda Mamettells GlobeSt.com. The program features a suite of state-of-the-arthome-technology and automation features thatharness the power of Internet-connected devices toelevate the homeowner experience and also allow homeowners toconserve energy.

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The launch adds a fifth component toLivingSmart, TRI Pointe's comprehensive programthat blends the design, development,construction and operation of high-performinghomes to provide healthier, more comfortable living environmentswith lower operating costs.

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We spoke with Mamet about the launch of HomeSmart as well asbroader trends on the technology front.

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GlobeSt.com: Why has TRI Pointe Group launchedHomeSmart™ and how is it being rolled out?

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Mamet: To be successful in homebuilding today, builders and developers need tostay abreast of what is happening at the intersection of homeownerneeds, sustainable products and technology trends.

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At TRI Pointe Group, we are constantly evolving and aiminghigher to meet and exceed customer expectations. One of the stepswe are taking in that direction includes our continuous effort tostay ahead of the technology curve by delivering smart-homesolutions that enrich our customers' lives, contributing to theirhealth and well-being, as well as to our planet. The launch ofHomeSmart coincided with Earth Day 2017 and highlights the progresseach of our homebuilding brands and divisions has been making inthe areas of home technology and seamless connectivity.

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We've already begun rolling out these leading-edge technologyfeatures at our newest communities. For example, PardeeHomes has incorporated Amazon's wildlypopular Echo voice-control system,Alexa into the Arista model homes at its Alientomaster-planned community in Santa Clarita, CA. Pardee Homes is alsooffering other connected features such as the UniFi AC Pro wirelessaccess point, high-speed Category 6 cabling, Honeywell WiFithermostat, Schlage Connect entry locks, Liftmaster WiFi garagedoor openers, Ring Pro WiFi camera and doorbell, Lutron Casetalight switches in selected locations, and theSamsung SmartThings hub atArista. So far, the response from homebuyers has been fantasticbecause they understand HomeSmart is all about harnessing the powerof Internet-connected devices to simplify their lives.

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GlobeSt.com: What can you tell us about broadertrends on the technology front?

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Mamet: The Internet ofThings is changing the way we live our lives. Researchsuggests that within five years, the average home could contain 500smart devices. These devices extend far beyond phones and TVs toinclude things like appliances, thermostats, monitoring andsecurity systems. Plus, there will undoubtedly be new devices thatwe can't even imagine today. Many of these devices can learn yourbehavior, think for themselves and work together or be controlledby homeowners via voice activation or a mobile device.

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At TRI Pointe Group, we recognize that as consumers become moreaccustomed to the convenience and efficiency of smart devices, theyare going to want a home designed to enhance their connectedlifestyle. To meet those homeowners' needs, each of our sixhomebuilding brands is fostering strong relationships with tradepartners and manufacturers so we can stay abreastof what homeowners will need to leverage the cutting-edgetechnologies of tomorrow.

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GlobeSt.com: How does the HomeSmart program relateto the LivingSmart program, and what does this have to do withsustainability?

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Mamet: The simple, yet effective,names of each of the LivingSmart components convey the importanceof these features to our customers. For example, HomeSmart iscentered around comfort and control, access and security and WiFiconnectivity, providing homeowners with 24/7 energy savings, peaceof mind to monitor who's coming and going and the convenience of aconsistently strong WiFi signal. HealthSmart includes features andfinishes that contribute to improved indoor air quality through theuse of low-emission carpets, countertops, and other buildingmaterials. EnergySmart refers to features that reduce energy usethrough advanced construction techniques for thebuilding envelope and the addition of solar, ENERGYSTAR appliances, and low-e windows. EarthSmart includesproducts or practices that relate to recycling and use fewerresources. Finally, WaterSmart describes home features that helpreduce water consumption with low-flow devices and drought-tolerantlandscaping.

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The LivingSmart program is integrated throughout all six of ourpremium builder brands nationwideSome LivingSmart features areincluded and others are optional, depending on the community.

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GlobeSt.com: Will this raise the costs ofconstruction? What about costs to the buyers?

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Mamet: We work hard to be proactiveand make sure our home offerings keep up with consumer trends. Manytimes, this means the cost of one enhancement is offset by theelimination of another feature that might have become outdated. Forexample, we used to have phone jacks in every bedroom. Consumers nolonger need that feature.

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It's important that we communicate the cost/benefit ratio ofenergy- and water-efficient technologies with home buyers, and howLivingSmart simplifies those efforts. For example, inTexas, Trendmaker Homes is using all LEDbulbs in its new homes. These are included features now becausethey last about 25 times longer than other bulbs and use lessenergy.

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Before deciding to buy a home, buyers should be well educatednot only on the products that make their home energy efficient, butalso on the ways smart-home technology can improve their lifestylein a new home.

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Linda Mamet

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IRVINE, CA—TRIPointe Group's new HomeSmart programis centered on comfort and control, access and security andWi-Fi connectivity, providing homeowners with 24/7 energy savings and morebenefits, VP of corporate marketing Linda Mamettells GlobeSt.com. The program features a suite of state-of-the-arthome-technology and automation features thatharness the power of Internet-connected devices toelevate the homeowner experience and also allow homeowners toconserve energy.

|

The launch adds a fifth component toLivingSmart, TRI Pointe's comprehensive programthat blends the design, development,construction and operation of high-performinghomes to provide healthier, more comfortable living environmentswith lower operating costs.

|

We spoke with Mamet about the launch of HomeSmart as well asbroader trends on the technology front.

|

GlobeSt.com: Why has TRI Pointe Group launchedHomeSmart™ and how is it being rolled out?

|

Mamet: To be successful in homebuilding today, builders and developers need tostay abreast of what is happening at the intersection of homeownerneeds, sustainable products and technology trends.

|

At TRI Pointe Group, we are constantly evolving and aiminghigher to meet and exceed customer expectations. One of the stepswe are taking in that direction includes our continuous effort tostay ahead of the technology curve by delivering smart-homesolutions that enrich our customers' lives, contributing to theirhealth and well-being, as well as to our planet. The launch ofHomeSmart coincided with Earth Day 2017 and highlights the progresseach of our homebuilding brands and divisions has been making inthe areas of home technology and seamless connectivity.

|

We've already begun rolling out these leading-edge technologyfeatures at our newest communities. For example, PardeeHomes has incorporated Amazon's wildlypopular Echo voice-control system,Alexa into the Arista model homes at its Alientomaster-planned community in Santa Clarita, CA. Pardee Homes is alsooffering other connected features such as the UniFi AC Pro wirelessaccess point, high-speed Category 6 cabling, Honeywell WiFithermostat, Schlage Connect entry locks, Liftmaster WiFi garagedoor openers, Ring Pro WiFi camera and doorbell, Lutron Casetalight switches in selected locations, and theSamsung SmartThings hub atArista. So far, the response from homebuyers has been fantasticbecause they understand HomeSmart is all about harnessing the powerof Internet-connected devices to simplify their lives.

|

GlobeSt.com: What can you tell us about broadertrends on the technology front?

|

Mamet: The Internet ofThings is changing the way we live our lives. Researchsuggests that within five years, the average home could contain 500smart devices. These devices extend far beyond phones and TVs toinclude things like appliances, thermostats, monitoring andsecurity systems. Plus, there will undoubtedly be new devices thatwe can't even imagine today. Many of these devices can learn yourbehavior, think for themselves and work together or be controlledby homeowners via voice activation or a mobile device.

|

At TRI Pointe Group, we recognize that as consumers become moreaccustomed to the convenience and efficiency of smart devices, theyare going to want a home designed to enhance their connectedlifestyle. To meet those homeowners' needs, each of our sixhomebuilding brands is fostering strong relationships with tradepartners and manufacturers so we can stay abreastof what homeowners will need to leverage the cutting-edgetechnologies of tomorrow.

|

GlobeSt.com: How does the HomeSmart program relateto the LivingSmart program, and what does this have to do withsustainability?

|

Mamet: The simple, yet effective,names of each of the LivingSmart components convey the importanceof these features to our customers. For example, HomeSmart iscentered around comfort and control, access and security and WiFiconnectivity, providing homeowners with 24/7 energy savings, peaceof mind to monitor who's coming and going and the convenience of aconsistently strong WiFi signal. HealthSmart includes features andfinishes that contribute to improved indoor air quality through theuse of low-emission carpets, countertops, and other buildingmaterials. EnergySmart refers to features that reduce energy usethrough advanced construction techniques for thebuilding envelope and the addition of solar, ENERGYSTAR appliances, and low-e windows. EarthSmart includesproducts or practices that relate to recycling and use fewerresources. Finally, WaterSmart describes home features that helpreduce water consumption with low-flow devices and drought-tolerantlandscaping.

|

The LivingSmart program is integrated throughout all six of ourpremium builder brands nationwideSome LivingSmart features areincluded and others are optional, depending on the community.

|

GlobeSt.com: Will this raise the costs ofconstruction? What about costs to the buyers?

|

Mamet: We work hard to be proactiveand make sure our home offerings keep up with consumer trends. Manytimes, this means the cost of one enhancement is offset by theelimination of another feature that might have become outdated. Forexample, we used to have phone jacks in every bedroom. Consumers nolonger need that feature.

|

It's important that we communicate the cost/benefit ratio ofenergy- and water-efficient technologies with home buyers, and howLivingSmart simplifies those efforts. For example, inTexas, Trendmaker Homes is using all LEDbulbs in its new homes. These are included features now becausethey last about 25 times longer than other bulbs and use lessenergy.

|

Before deciding to buy a home, buyers should be well educatednot only on the products that make their home energy efficient, butalso on the ways smart-home technology can improve their lifestylein a new home.

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Carrie Rossenfeld

Carrie Rossenfeld is a reporter for the San Diego and Orange County markets on GlobeSt.com and a contributor to Real Estate Forum. She was a trade-magazine and newsletter editor in New York City before moving to Southern California to become a freelance writer and editor for magazines, books and websites. Rossenfeld has written extensively on topics including commercial real estate, running a medical practice, intellectual-property licensing and giftware. She has edited books about profiting from real estate and has ghostwritten a book about starting a home-based business.

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