The “Home of the Future” has been a theme for architects and designers, as well as automation and digital equipment developers for many decades. In many ways, the ideas embodied in the concept are available today. In fact, builders can truly create a futuristic home right now thanks to the latest innovations from leading home industry brands.

Two of them, Trane, a manufacturer of heating and air conditioning systems, and Schlage, a widely used residential door lock brand, are working together to provide some of the parts to the puzzle. Both companies are brands under Ingersoll Rand, www.ingersollrand.com, Davidson, N.C.

Both companies remain committed to providing energy-efficient and sustainable products to help homebuilders. They have combined efforts to create Nexia Home Intelligence, a smart home automation system that leverages the technologies of both companies. Nexia enables owners to remotely manage features and functions of their home including door locks, heating and cooling, video surveillance, lights, shades, and energy usage, all via any Web-enabled computer and most smartphones.

Nexia Home Intelligence was selected to be included as one of the green and intelligent products for the Vision House in Innovations at Epcot Center, opening this year. The Vision House exhibit showcases a variety of solutions on how to keep homes secure, comfortable, and green through technology and innovation. Visitors will experience the ability to adjust their high-efficiency heating and cooling system through the Trane ComfortLink II control which can help manage their energy costs as well as the ability to use their mobile devices to check on the security of their home.

Schlage has also introduced the first residential door lock with a built-in alarm that combines the security of a strong, secure lock with the added safeguard of a sensor alarm that sounds the moment there is activity at the door. Specifically engineered to detect vibration and motion at first contact with a door or handle, the alarmed lock enables homeowners to select alert settings and sensitivity levels within three alarm modes.

In Forced Entry Alert mode, the alarm sounds if a significant force pushes against a door, such as when someone is attempting to kick it in. In Tamper Alert, it sounds when the doorknob or lever is disturbed, making it perfect for monitoring a main or secondary door. In Activity Alert, the alarm offers greater safety by sounding when a door opens or closes, making it ideal for monitoring whether a small child or elderly parent is trying to open the door.

With the introduction of the alarmed lock, Schlage is also launching four different functions specifically for the builder market including interior passage, keyed entry, hall/closet interior handle functions, as well as keypad levers that allow consumers to enjoy the convenience of  a keypad with the addition of an audible alarm sensor to alert them of activity at the lock.