When builder Drew Smith founded in 2001, he was one of the first to recognize the importance of sustainable, environmentally-conscious building practices. Over a decade later, Smith is at the forefront of the industry, serving as the Green Building Commissioner for the State of Florida, founding the Florida Green Building Coalition, and helping countless commercial and residential builders conform to the LEED standards for certification.

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This summer, Sunset magazine opened “the ultimate modern beach home,” a 4,500 square foot, four bedroom and 5 1/2 bathroom residence complete with drought-tolerant landscaping, “a no-mow lawn,” edible garden, swimming pool, and outdoor kitchen and living room. Sunset’s editors partnered with architects Tomaro Design Group, builders Mike Davis Custom Homes, and landscape designers Masterpeace Gardens to create the magazine’s first Los Angeles-area Idea House, which showcases sustainable building and architectural and design innovations.

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Step aside Nest, there’s a new smart thermostat in town.

We know a thing or two about heating things up, and when a new home climate system hits the market, it’s definitely something to talk about!

Back in 2011 the Nest Thermostat broke into the smart home arena and revolutionized indoor climate control. The savvy device learned its users’ habits and developed a more efficient and cost-effective heating and cooling solution. But smart home technology is only getting smarter. A short three years after the release of Nest, Honeywell not only caught up with the competition, but surpassed it with its own smart thermostat, the Lyric. Here’s three reasons why we’ve left the Nest and moved on to the best thermostat on the market, the Lyric.

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