IBS video: Builders must be educated to meet demands for smart homes

As technology reaches further into homes, building professionals will have to be educated to select and integrate the right products for the job.

At the 2016 International Builders' Show, Vitor Gregorio, regional president for North America for Bosch Thermotechnology, discussed the smart home trend and Bosch's initiatives to support building professionals as they come to grips with evolving technology.

Gregorio talked about the Bosch Appliances line of smart products for the kitchen, as well as HVAC products in different segments, such as geothermal, boilers and heat pumps.

The Bosch product lines offer controls and accessories to manage energy use, including wi-fi enabled smart controls and mobile apps, Gregorio said.

At IBS, Bosch displayed its ultra-efficient geothermal heat pump systems, which use the relatively constant temperature of the earth to provide heating, air conditioning and hot water. Geothermal systems are the most efficient, comfortable and quiet heating and cooling solutions available for residential or commercial applications. In addition to being a key enabler for Zero Net Energy capable homes, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has stated that these systems can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 40 percent compared to conventional HVAC systems.

Bosch also displayed its new Hydronic Air Handlers for a more efficient, compact home heating and hot water system. When used with Bosch Greentherm Condensing Tankless Water Heaters, the Bosch Control Smart Room Thermostat to control temperature using a compatible smart device and mobile app, Greenstar wall-hung, floor-standing boilers and a Greenstar model for high-volume project and builder programs, gas tankless and electric whole house and point-of-use water heaters.

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Topics: Appliances, Connected Homes / Smart Homes, Geothermal Heating & Cooling, Heating & Cooling, Trade Show, Water Heaters


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