PowerShades, an industry-leading provider of manual and automated window shades for residential, commercial and hospitality applications, announces that the company is partnering with Specialty Publishing Media’s Living Lab, providing the experimental home with their PoE (Power Over Ethernet) automated shades.

“From The Ground Up: Project Sustainability Living Lab” will incorporate some of the most advanced products and systems from leading manufacturers and technology companies from across the globe. This Living Lab will give consumers, builders, trades, industry, academia and government an inside look through the entire process of building a sustainable home. Every aspect of the build will be featured, from concept to completion.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to participate in this extensive and important project,” said PowerShades president Ryan Chacon. “We’ve long touted the eco-friendly aspects and reduced energy consumption of our customizable, automated PoE shades. We can’t wait to join the other Living Lab project technology innovators in exploring the possibilities inherent to this project’s model for sustainable living and providing firsthand guidance on how to produce a real-world sustainable home.”

The industry’s first and only PoE automated shades, PowerShades’ “TRUEPoE” shades offer all the benefits of the company’s ground-breaking RF automated product, along with additional advantages not found in any other type of motorized shade. With PoE automated shades, a single CAT5 cable provides both power and communications, so there is no proprietary hard wiring necessary. Plus, the PoE motor is low voltage (50 VDC/VAC), so it doesn’t require a licensed electrician. And with power coming from a single, central source, more information can be transferred on the network cable while improving reliability over traditional RF solutions.

Said Peggy Smedley, a well-known technology expert who is overseeing the Living Lab, “Project Sustainability Living Lab will demonstrate and educate how to create a sustainable, clean and green future for all homes and communities in which we live, thrive and prosper. It is an impressive collaborative project that is designed to build as much trust, awareness and education into the future of what a sustainable home can and should be for a community on this planet.

“The success of this construction project hinges on the participation and collaboration of our suppliers, and we are extremely grateful to companies like PowerShades who have chosen to get involved.”

The Living Lab will be located in Columbia, S.C., with ground-breaking scheduled to take place in January 2022.