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Efficiency and resource conservation were “top of mind” for many of the manufacturers with products to show at the 2018 Pacific Coast Builders’ Conference last month, according to according to marketing agency Kleber and Associates.

Low-flow faucets, toilets, and showerheads were among the water-efficient products on display, as well as smart fixtures that provide water usage data, leak detection devices, and on-demand water recirculation systems. California’s recent solar roofing mandate also brought out a number of new solar roofing products, with an emphasis on improvements to their appearance and function.

Smart technology has also been put to the test in healthy home applications, such as whole-home ventilation systems, which have become more important than ever with the advent of tight building envelopes.

As homes become more airtight to increase energy efficiency, the tradeoff has been unhealthy air due to reduced airflow and ventilation. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the air inside our homes could actually be two to five times worse than the air outside—a sobering thought.

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