Another builder has stepped up to offer home automation features as standard assets in new homes, challenging other local builders to do the same.

Raleigh, N.C.-based Shenandoah Homes announced a partnership with a local Raleigh provider, Anuva Automation, which manufactures the TiO line of home automation products. Shenandoah Homes, which has control of over 1,000 lots in the area, intends to offer customers a standard package that includes lighting, thermostat and security control, with the additional options for more lighting, smart door locks and garage door control, and audio features.

“Home automation is an area of importance of what home buyers are looking for and would expect in any new home,” David Stallings, president and owner of Shenandoah Homes, said in a statement about the new offering.

Raleigh, N.C.-based Shenandoah Homes' Hamptons line
Raleigh, N.C.-based Shenandoah Homes' Hamptons line

Stallings pointed out a main reason for his choice of TiO products is the technology's ability to work with other home automation technology should a homeowner want to add features later on, as well as its cost effectiveness and reliability.

Shenandoah Homes intends to close on more than 200 homes next year, of which an estimated 75% will include the TiO technology.

"While most buyers are not looking to install their own smart products, many are willing to pay more for ‘move-in ready’ smart technology," said Sanjay Patel, a local Raleigh-area resident and president and CEO of TiO.