PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE:PHM) and Georgia Power announced the grand opening of Atlanta’s first Smart Neighborhood™ at Pulte’s Altus at the Quarter development in Atlanta. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held today at the community, located in the city’s popular westside, in celebration of the partnership and model home opening.
Integrating customer-centric smart home technology and innovative energy-efficient systems into luxury high-quality homes on a community-wide scale, the Smart Neighborhood is the first of its kind in the Atlanta market. Comprised of 46 enhanced townhomes, each unit is outfitted with PulteGroup’s latest Smart Home offering that allows homeowners to seamlessly control their lights, thermostat, security systems, garage door, appliances and more with just the sound of their voice or the touch of their phone.
With a focus on sustainable living, homes at Altus at the Quarter incorporate enhanced energy-efficient building features including improved insulation, advanced heating and cooling systems, LED lighting and higher efficiency electric heat pump water heaters. Each home will be served by Georgia Power with energy supplemented by individual rooftop solar installations and in-home battery energy storage.
“In developing Atlanta’s first Smart Neighborhood, we are further demonstrating our commitment to product innovation and sustainable building practices,” said PulteGroup President and Chief Executive Officer Ryan Marshall. “This partnership with Georgia Power provides us with a unique opportunity to introduce innovative solutions that create lasting benefits for homeowners and the environment.”
This initiative will provide an opportunity to analyze long-term performance data and assess the effectiveness of emerging energy technologies and materials. The Smart Neighborhood’s home energy optimization platform will intelligently schedule each home’s major appliances, in coordination with solar and batteries, to minimize cost while optimizing the comfort of each homeowner. Additionally, data analysis and final reports for the project will allow homeowners to see their energy usage.
“The Smart Neighborhood will allow Georgia Power to continue to be at the forefront in offering innovative solutions that help our customers more efficiently manage their energy usage,” said Paul Bowers, chairman, president and CEO for Georgia Power. “The research, insights and learnings we receive from these homes will help us better understand the interactions between rooftop solar, in-home battery storage, energy efficiency measures and our electric grid – maximizing the value of renewable energy and shaping how we grow our smart home offerings for customers.”
Now selling, Altus at the Quarter features four home designs ranging from 2,092+ sq. ft. to 2,700+ sq. ft. with 2-3 bedrooms, 2.5-3.5 baths and a 2-car garage. Residents will enjoy private access to a large central park, a resort-style pool with cabanas, and several pocket parks perfect for their four-legged friends. Conveniently located near a wide array of high-end shopping, dining and entertainment options, the community is just minutes away from popular neighborhoods, including Midtown, Atlantic Station, Buckhead, The Perimeter and Downtown.