27 Nov '17, 10pm
With @nest, even renters can get in on the smart home movement.
Renters tend to be excluded from the latest advances in green design. Homeowners can plot their solar panel project, and the hospitality industry is always racing to one-up the competition with a new living wall or efficient toilet—but sign the lease on a rental and what do you get? “Typically, you rent this super standard box,” says Meggan Shaw-Butler , vice president of asset management at Pensam Residential , a Miami-based asset management firm with 15,000 rental units spread across 10 states. Pensam is trying to change that by putting their residents at the forefront of the smart home movement. They’ve installed the Wi-Fi enabled Nest Learning Thermostats, which adjust to tenants’ routines to reduce energy consumption, at Pensam properties across the country. “We’ve become enamored by the idea that everyone should have access to cutting-edge technology and products lik...