The Home of the Future

Building a more comfortable home calls for lots of unseen innovations — and for looking beyond today’s standards. The foundation for a home like this includes built-in smart technology that’s easy to customize, integrated healthy air systems and advanced insulation that keeps your home quiet and comfortable. Put another way, it’s how you upgrade a family’s quality of life.

This level of comfort and efficiency is found in Meritage® homes, and it comes from a higher standard the brand has set for itself. Meritage deliberately builds its homes to surpass some of the most rigorous codes from across the country, which conventional builders simply work to meet. “We build one of the most important assets people own, and as experts in the industry, we should be challenging ourselves to do that to the best standards we’re aware of — not just the commonplace standards that everybody else follows,” says CR Herro, Vice President of Innovation for Meritage Homes®.

This is a lofty goal, and to reach it, the team at Meritage Homes collaborates with experts in a variety of fields. Together, they identify standards from outside the homebuilding industry to go beyond what residential construction codes require and create value for owners.

 

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One such organization is the Environmental Protection Agency, which sets standards that are voluntary — for now, anyhow — when it comes to energy use and healthy living spaces. “We’re one of the few builders that takes them very seriously and implements those recommendations into our daily practice,” says Herro.

That’s because Meritage participates in the ENERGY STAR® Certified Homes program, actually exceeding its national standards. The brand also follows the Indoor airPLUS air quality standard. To meet these standards, Meritage homes are built with features like energy-efficient appliances and a unique air filtration system that brings in fresh air while keeping pollutants and pollen out around the clock.

 

 

Appliances and air filtration systems blend into the background, and there’s another layer of futuristic tech working behind the scenes to make life easier: the M.Connected Home™ Automation Suite. This Wi-Fi-based smart home system is all about letting you stay connected to your home via your smartphone, and every feature that it includes is purposeful. “In our homes, technology isn’t being utilized just for technology’s sake, but for being future-proof and enabling people to live a better quality of life,” says Herro. This means features that can help you keep an eye on things when you’re away — like making sure you remembered to close the garage door while you’re at work. Herro also anticipates features that can sense when you’ve returned home and then turn on the lights and set the temperature for you.

If that feels fantastical, just imagine what else smart homes will be capable of in 10 years. That’s why Meritage Homes has built an open-source, Wi-Fi-based platform that works well with all kinds of gadgets, now and for years to come. It’s a system that can adapt to whatever gadgets might appear on next year’s wish list, so you’ll spend less time playing tech support.

M.CONNECTED HOMEā„¢ Automation Suite

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“We are looking at these trends as indicative of what the average consumer will expect in a home in 10 years,” says Herro. “By putting them in now, our homes will still be relevant and provide the same service as new homes will by then.”

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