Smart-home devices are increasingly becoming important to homeowners. As a result, residential builders are making smart devices a priority, perhaps as much as the drywall itself.

A survey released by the CEA (Consumer Electronics Assn.), www.ce.org, Arlington, Va., and Parks Associates, www.parksassociates.com, Dallas, Texas, says 20% of all households with broadband plan to acquire one or more smart-home devices within the next year. That means homebuilders need to allow for smart device functionality when building these homes.

For example, residential contractors can incorporate smart thermostats, door locks, smoke detectors, and light switches when building the homes, since the research reports those devices will continue to offer high-growth rates. In 2014, these smart-home devices will reach 20.7 million units and are projected to increase to 35.9 million units by 2017.

In addition, to smart devices, consumers are looking to smart lights and smart thermostats. But even so, smart door locks, home or kitchen appliances, and power strips were the smart devices most often purchased from a national or local retailer.

The research report providing this data, Internet of Things: Smart Home Devices and Controllers, was conducted by CEA Market Research and Parks Associates. Homebuilders need to consider integrating the latest technologies into these homes, as homebuyers are looking at builders who have the most cutting-edge tech as part of their smart-home features.

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