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TECH SAVVY A South Florida home renovation by Raizin incorporates cutting-edge technology into a serene spa retreat. Wall-to-Wall Technology Provides Convenience and Safety in the Bathroom Smart homes are the phenomenon of modern interior design reacting to and preparing for a period of time during which the largest percentage of the population - Baby Boomers - are entering or currently in retirement. Beyond making conscious decisions about incorporating exercise and better diets into their lifestyles, this surprisingly tech-savvy demographic is leading the trend of bringing technology into the home for reasons of convenience, safety and health. While tech-savvy homes have traditionally focused on smart alarms and locks, video monitoring and home technology management systems that can all be controlled from an app on a smartphone, the real return of tech upgrades comes from investing in healthier choices for the bathroom. The following bathroom tech products make efficient, eco-friendly advancements. 1. Lighting. The bathroom is the one place in the home where perfect lighting is arguably more essential than anywhere else. Responsible LED lighting strips by WAC are a great option for long-lasting, high-performance, aesthetically pleasing luminaires. WAC products add beauty and drama to the bathroom space while saving energy with motion sensors to 30 + K BB GRAFF's Ametis faucets feature LED-lit controls that change color to indicate water temperature. activate light only when someone is in the room, reducing maintenance costs and extending the life of decorative and functional lighting. WAC also offers organic LED lighting options, although those are more costly to purchase and maintain. 2. Water Fixtures. Faucets and showerheads have come a long way. A step above standard hot and cold dials, GRAFF's Ametis Collection of faucets feature water-saving technology and temperature-sensitive LED-lit controls that change color to indicate water temperature. If entertainment and connectivity are priorities, Kohler's Moxie showerhead with Bluetooth allows for the streaming of music, news or talk radio straight through the dispenser. Vitamin C-infused showers, thanks to filter technologies as low as $50, can bolster the health factor by neutralizing the chlorine in tap water and contributing to healthy skin and hair. 3. Toilets. Tech- and health-conscious toilets have become particularly advanced, offering automated silent flushing, deodorizers and more. TOTO's Neorest tankless, one-piece toilet features an integrated bidet for front and rear warm-water washing, an automatic air dryer and an ion April 2015 / www.kbbonline.com / The Official Sponsor of KBIS www.kbis.com http://www.kbbonline.com http://www.kbis.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of KBB - April 2015

Contents
Online Contents
Editor’s Note
Show Director’s Note
People & Places
Universal Design
Before & After
Solutions
Special Report
Tech Savvy
ICFF Special Section
Trends
Products
Design
Hidden Agenda
Not Your Typical Kitchen
The Rest Is History
Learning Corner
Last Word

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