Homebuilders are demonstrating that they have the wherewithal to build high-tech homes. A closer look at the homes—and the processes and methods used to build them—show that today’s builders are on the cutting-edge of innovation and are taking some pretty unique steps forward.

Prefab manufacturing is growing at a rapid rate—and homebuilders are tapping in, which is good news considering private residential construction spending is expected to top $500 billion in 2019, according to the U.S. Census.

One recent example of a builder making big moves in this area comes from Connect Homes, which announced it closed Series A investment of $10.8 million that will be used to fund Connect Homes’ factory and application of its modular technology.

The company was founded in 2013 to build smart residential homes at a mass-market price point and today has a line of 14 standard homes that can be easily adapted to a client’s needs in its BIM (building information modeling) software platform. Its modular system can deliver smart homes quickly.

This news comes on the heels of Clayton announcing its prefab campaign earlier this year, which aims to elevate the manufactured housing industry and challenge myths around this method. Clayton builds its homes inside an ISO 14001 certified facility.

Using this method, it experiences construction cost savings and offers prefab home features such as a permanent foundation with porch, open floor-plan concept, upgraded all wood cabinets and farmhouse sink, and smart thermostat and energy-efficient appliances.

While prefab is a growing trend in homebuilding, so too is connectivity. In fact, the Wi-Fi Alliance has developed a Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Home Design certification program. This gives homebuilders a network installation plan based on Wi-Fi deployment guidelines. Lennar introduced the first Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Home Design back in 2017 and has added 62 since that time. Earlier this month, the Wi-Fi Alliance announced it has expanded its Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Home Design.

The guidelines define criteria for AP (access point) placement to eliminate dead spots and deliver stronger Wi-Fi coverage throughout the entire home and outdoor spaces including balconies and patios. In multifamily residences, Wi-Fi Home Design can be deployed throughout an entire building or an individual floor.

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