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Editor’s Letter – Fall 2022


First Thoughts

Our Fall issue includes pieces on energy and water efficiency, green building certifications, high-performance audio and home automation, and much more.

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GREETINGS. IN MOST OF AMERICA, performance home strategies continue to evolve, as resilience, net zero energy, water conservation and healthier interiors percolate upwards and begin to reach critical mass. I feel like we are just at that break-out moment when even our friends in the production home sector realize the profitability of giving the people not only what they need, but what they want.

Our Fall issue is packed with a lot of performance strategies including energy efficiency and battery storage as part of an overall energy management plan. Steve Panosian talks about the EPA’s WaterSense program and Sean O’Keefe explains the various green building certification platforms, while Steph Casimiro brings to life the Material Bank’s incredible sustainable samples program. Throw in a follow up article on Hempwood – the name explains it all! – and we’re covering a lot of sustainable and resilient ground.

I had the pleasure to sit down with several lighting designers to discuss how to properly design for clients with extensive art collections. There’s a lot to unpack in the article and it really comes down to getting in early and getting a lighting design approved before the first studs go up. Another important early decision regarding infrastructure revolves around the Nice Builder Services program which George McClure delves into. Making technology infrastructure profitable for builders is a necessary step in ensuring that new homes aren’t obsolete on day one.

I know you’re going to enjoy our special 12-page insert sponsored by Kaleidescape, which covers home entertainment design strategies and the ultimate cinematic experience. There is so much happening with new visual display technologies and spatial sound environments that we’re excited to share the thoughts of numerous industry leaders with you.

We also have a first look at a beautiful home brimming with technologies that our friends at Starpower are responsible for. This Dallas-based national technology design and systems integration firm are so much more than just the technology; they listen. They ask questions. They design and present solutions. Starpower represents an ideal in our industry, one that every technology company should aspire to.

Finally, Jason Takahashi wraps up this edition with a wonderful story about educating our children and the building blocks to a lifetime of enjoyment. From Fredrich Foebel to Frank Lloyd Wright, learn about the original kindergarterners a.k.a. the Gardeners of Children.

Let’s go see where technology meets design.



Technology Designer