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May 13 at #KBtribechat – Smart Home for K+B

A design discussion!

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1.) What do your clients want in connected home technology?

2.) What are the benefits of connected home technology?

3.) How has connected technology influenced home design?

4.) Where in the home is connected technology advancing the most?

5.) What are some of the smart kitchen features that homeowners want most?

6.) What smart home features do your clients want for bathrooms?

 

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March 18 at #KBtribechat – Fix-a-leak Week + Energy Efficient Options for K+B

A design discussion!

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Our KBtribechat questions:

Q1) What changes have you seen in sustainable home design in the last decade?

Q2) What products do you find to be the most eco-friendly and energy-saving?

Q3) What “green” features do you find essential in the kitchen? What energy savings trends do you see in the home appliances industry?

Q4.) How about manufacturing?  Does how a manufacturer manages its environmental impact matter in your decisions? How are companies with energy saving appliances and environmentally friendly practices recognized? Do you look for this information? Where?

Q5.) How can water be saved in the kitchen?  Please share good design tips, habits and products that save water.

Q6.) What about the bathroom? How can you save water in the bathroom?

Q7.)  In what other ways can you save this vital resource? #water

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February 12 at #KBtribechat – The State of the Connected Home

Sponsored and Hosted by GE Appliances

 

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Whether it’s cutting down on food waste or making sure you never run out of laundry detergent, technology has helped to make today’s household run more smoothly.  Join GE Appliances, the IoT Breakthrough Awards “Smart Appliance Company of the Year”,  for a Twitter Chat on the Connected Home on Wednesday, February 12 at 2 pm ET.

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Our KBtribechat questions:

1. How has tech made us better cooks?

2. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is helping to take things off our to-do list. What is the most useful tech you’ve seen in a connected home?

3. What appliance do you believe has lagged behind when it comes to technology or innovation?

4. How has technology impacted kitchen design?

5. Alexa, Google Home, Nest and more. What smart home tech do you use with your appliances?

6. If you could use tech to create a new feature for an appliance, what would you create?

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August 7 at #KBtribechat – Connected Kitchens

A design discussion

Sponsored and Hosted by GE Appliances

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Technology is opening up a world of possibilities in the kitchen. Join us for a KBtribechat discussion on “Connected Kitchens” on Wednesday, August 7th at 2 pm ET with GE Appliances, and get ready to talk about how tech is making us better cooks and taking tasks off our to-do list.

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Our KBtribechat Questions: 

 

1. Do you think technology belongs in the kitchen? Why/why not?

2. What tech do you currently use to help you cook?

3. What voice assistant do you use in the kitchen and how do you use it?

4. In your kitchen, what appliance is the most “tech advanced” when it comes to features, what is the least?

5. In what ways does technology create peace of mind for you in the kitchen?

6. How does technology impact kitchen design?

7. Your turn to invent a feature or even a new appliance. What would create that doesn’t currently exist today?

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May 1st at #KBtribechat – Stronger Together

A kitchen and bath industry discussion.

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Our KBtribechat Questions:

1.) When doing smart home design do you ever collaborate with an AV pro for additional insights? Why or why not?

2.) Do you ever bring in other specific experts to consult on your projects? Lighting? Color?

3.) How do you get your product details for design and specification purposes? What can manufacturers do to help in this regard?

4.) Do you have any building industry or design certifications? Which ones?  If not, why not? If yes, has it been good for your career?

5.) Do you belong to any trade associations? Which ones? How has it been helpful? What do you want to get out of the membership?

6.) What industry collaborations have you found to be beneficial? Explain!

7.) How can KBtribechat help? Is there a topic you’d like to discuss in depth that we haven’t done yet?

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Building a Sustainable Future: Earth Day-themed #KBTribeChat

A design discussion

Sponsored and Hosted by Whirlpool Corporation

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Whirlpool Corporation is inviting kitchen and bath professionals to a special Earth Day-themed #KBTribeChat about sustainability in our industry.

With the growing demand for greater sustainability from consumers, it’s more important than ever for building and design professionals to incorporate eco-friendly and energy-efficient products and features into their projects.

For example, a new, global survey from Whirlpool Corporation showed that consumers favor appliances that help them decrease their environmental footprint:

  • Three in four respondents (74%) are interested in smart appliance features that reduce food waste
  • Three in four respondents (75%) are interested in smart appliance features that manage water usage
  • Two in three respondents (64%) say it’s important that their appliances help save on electricity costs

Across its portfolio of brands, Whirlpool Corporation offers high-performing appliances that conserve the earth’s resources and help homeowners do the same. The company continually monitors the environmental effects of its business, not only by creating many new and innovative products that consume less water and energy, but also by improving its manufacturing and distribution processes, and using materials that minimize the impact on the planet.

Join us at 2 p.m. ET on Wednesday, April 24 as we discuss sustainability in the kitchen and bath industry.

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Here are our chat questions:

1. What home building and design trends have helped make homes more sustainable?
2. What products do you find to be most eco-friendly and energy-saving for the kitchen?
3. Are you seeing a demand for sustainable laundry appliances? Explain.
4. How can smart/connected products help homeowners save energy and water?
5. How are you incorporating environmentally-driven solutions into your projects?

 

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This photo provided by Whirlpool shows the Whirlpool Duet Front Load ENERGY STAR laundry pair, including the HybridCare Dryer, in a laundry room. For the first time in six years, Energy Star certification, a widely respected seal of approval for energy efficiency, has been expanded to include a new major household appliance. Dryers, perhaps the last of the major household appliances to be included in the Environmental Protection Agency’s program, will be available in 45 Energy Star models throughout the country starting Presidents’ Day weekend, according to the EPA. (AP Photo/Whirlpool)

 

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March 20 at #KBtribechat – Aging in Place

A Design Discussion

Hosted by John Kelsey

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We all look forward to living a long life. Not many of us look forward to growing old. For those of us in our 50’s and 60’s, we being noticing small changes in our bodies and mind. Activities and tasks that were simple and easy, even enjoyable, become annoying, too much, tiring and difficult to perform. The risk is home ownership begins to become a burden instead of a pleasure.

 

John’s KBtribechat Questions:

1.) In general terms, what are the biggest challenges will a client have to address who chooses to live/age in place into their later years?

2.) Functionality in the kitchen is a major aging/living challenge. How can we minimize bending, reaching, stooping, even getting burnt or scalded as we plan a kitchen?

3.) Functionality in the bathroom is a major aging/living challenge. How can we minimize bending, reaching, stooping, slipping, even getting scalded as we plan a bathroom?

4.) Slipping and falling is the leading cause of injury or death among older adults. What flooring solutions in the kitchen and bath can we provide that will help minimize this risk?

5.) As we age, our eyesight changes. Small print becomes impossible to read, as does that menu in the candle lit restaurant. What lighting solutions will make life easier for someone to use the kitchen or bathroom?

6.) Technology offers the potential of being a great enabler in four categories for those who opt for a living/aging in place lifestyle. Communication/engagement, Health and Wellness, Learning/Contribution and Safety/Security. How can it help? What are the risks?

 

7.) What features in the home would help facilitate a good aging in place environment?

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