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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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John wrote a comprehensive recap with MANY take-aways from this KBtribechat. Find it here.

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3 Ways to Stress Less in the Kitchen in 2019


If your 2019 New Year’s resolution is anywhere in the realm of “stressing less,” then you’re not alone! We’re here to help—starting in the kitchen!

 


The new year is here! Are you ready to rock your 2019 dinner parties, birthday bashes, and everything in between? Whether you’re meal prepping, getting lunches ready for the kids, trying out that tasty recipe that you saw online, or feeding an entire dinner party, wouldn’t it be nice if your kitchen could help ease some of the stress? We’ve gathered a few things from Control4 that can help reduce the stress the kitchen brings for 2019.

Voice assistants, such as the Amazon Alexa family, make it easy to stay on task while you handle something else simultaneously. Just ask Alexa to start a timer, play a song, ask for measuring comparisons, lower the thermostat, and so much more all while you continue your current task. Look at that, you never even had to look up from the cutting board, which you should never do anyway to ensure you keep all of your digits in tact! But that’s not all; Amazon Alexa devices are capable of so much more than just setting timers when incorporated into a smart home system. Commands like “Alexa, turn on cooking” can simultaneously bring up the kitchen lights to 100%, turn the TV on to Food Network or start up your favorite playlist on the speakers in the kitchen, and turn the thermostat down to make your cooking routine as easy as pie.

Connected appliances, such as stoves, refrigerators, slow cookers, etc. are time-savers, and sometimes sanity-savers! We can’t be the only ones that have left the grocery list sitting on the counter, only to realize it while parking at the grocery store. Enter smart refrigerators. With futuristic features like cameras so you can actually look inside your fridge while you’re at the store, screens so you can create and add to shopping lists every time you open the refrigerator, and remote access to be able to send those lists directly to your phone, you’ll never have to hand-write a list again. And with connected stoves, multitasking has never been easier. Stepping away to check more off of your to-do list while something simmers used to be a dangerous game. But now you can just tell the app to turn the temperature down while you’re in the other room! Not today stove-top disasters, not today.


Probably one of the last things you’re thinking about while you’re cooking is having a touch screen in the kitchen. But trust us, once you’ve experienced the ease of touch screens, you can’t live without them…or, at least, you won’t want to live without them! Notify the entire house that it’s time for dinner, video chat with your partner while they’re still at the store, communicate with a visitor at the door, all without putting that spatula down. A CONTROL4 TOUCH SCREEN with the Intercom Anywhere app in the kitchen works as a video chat device, an intercom system, and a smart doorbell station. This means distractions, like someone at the door or the kids not coming down when you’ve called, take up less of your time so you can focus on that gorgeous meal you’ve been working so hard on.

Interested in learning more about connected devices and our favorite kitchen tech?
Head to Twitter on January 9, starting at 2 p.m. ET and search for the #KBTribeChat hashtag, or add #KBTribeChat to your tweets to join the conversation! And don’t forget to follow @Control4.

Check out our KBtribechat questions:

Q. Have you ever used smart home technology in your own home or in your designs?

Q. What smart home technology have you been wanting to learn more about? Or, what smart home technology have you recently learned about that you love?

Q. What is an issue/struggle in the kitchen that you would love for technology to solve?

Q. What is one must-have piece of technology you want (or already have) in the kitchen. Why?

Q. What are the must-haves when it comes to lighting in a kitchen?

Q. What are accessibility issues you try to solve when designing a kitchen?

Q. How, as a designer, would you define the term “smart home” to your clients?

Q. What would you consider to be an ideal “smart home” environment?

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Wednesday, January 9

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Connected Kitchens Cooking Up a Storm!

Tech is on the menu in the heart of the home! Connected kitchens are bringing a new layer of food intelligence to help people eat and live better. In fact, smart home technology in the kitchen is changing the way we acquire, prep and cook food.

Join Whirlpool Corporation and Jenn-Air as they sponsor and host the August 17th KBTribeChat on the connected kitchen!

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Whirlpool Corporation, the world’s leading manufacturer of major home appliances, has taken a leading role in introducing innovative connected appliances. Whirlpool Corporation studies the cultures, behaviors and needs of people of all ages around the world, and is responsible for creating products with purposeful technology.

Whirlpool Corporation’s purposeful connectivity anticipate the needs of consumers and their families and activates meaningful shortcuts and solutions so users can get back to what matters most.

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Whirlpool Corporation markets luxury appliance maker Jenn-Air.  Jenn-Air brand is committed to bringing cutting-edge technology into the kitchen. The brand continually explores how design, innovation and technology are intersecting to create greater connectivity in our lives. Through its new partnership with Innit, Jenn-Air plans to deliver another layer of intelligence to the kitchen, helping consumers achieve breakthrough levels of convenience, flavor and healthy cooking.

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On August 17, let’s stir up some conversation about this connected revolution.

Our KBTribeChat questions:

Q1. What “smart” technologies are trending in the kitchen?

Q2. What can connected kitchens bring in terms of functionality and convenience?

Q3. How does connectivity influence kitchen design?

Q4. How is connectivity changing home cooking?

Q5. What will be the most important element of the connected kitchen of the future?

Here’s the transcript for this KBtribechat.

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