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Q: Hi Ed: I've read your past columns on new electronic plumbing fixtures. Later this year we plan to start construction on a smart home and want to use the latest in smart plumbing technology. Can you recommend some must-have fixtures? — Betty, Florida

A: While I recommend homeowners research this category on their own, here are my four favorite smart plumbing fixtures (in no particular order):

Kitchen faucets

With voice-activated technology, some smart faucets can even pour specific amounts of water.

Medicine cabinets

New internet-connected medicine cabinets can tell you the weather while you brush your teeth.

Digital showering

Set your shower time, temperature, lighting and music with a push of a button.


Complete with automatic seat and flushing controls, bidet washing features and built-in odor-reducing systems, new high-tech toilets can help you blast your new smart home into the future.

Master Contractor/Plumber Ed Del Grande is known internationally as the author of the book "Ed Del Grande's House Call," the host of TV and Internet shows, and a LEED green associate. Visit or write [email protected] Always consult local contractors and codes.

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