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Apple adds WeberHaus to list of builders offering HomeKit packages

Apple on Tuesday officially added German pre-fabricated house builder WeberHaus to a running list of companies offering HomeKit packages, suggesting the firm will soon roll out compatible "SmartHomes" in Europe.

The addition was noted in a change to Apple's HomeKit webpage, which now counts WeberHaus among other home building companies that bake in support for the smart home platform.

Previously, Brookfield Residential, KB Home, Lennar and R&F were highlighted as companies that "offer HomeKit packages to make your home smart from the start." KB Home, for example, opened the doors to a model home with built-in HomeKit functionality in November.

In March, WeberHaus announced plans to bring HomeKit to its SmartHomes some time in 2017, a first for the European market.

"Apple HomeKit is the control solution of choice for home manufacturers around the world, delivering a simple and secure smart home solution for new home buyers," Klaus-Dieter Schwendemann, marketing manager at WeberHaus said in a press release. "We are excited to work with Apple to bring these turnkey smart home packages to home buyers this year."

WeberHaus currently offers a custom connected home platform in WeberLogic 2.0 and MyHomeControl from BootUp. The system, which allows users to manage major home functions remotely via internet-connected devices, will act as a gateway for HomeKit functionality. Though details surrounding WeberLogic integration are scarce, the smart home system will likely act as a hub for Apple's Home app.

The home builder is showing off HomeKit capabilities at a special model home called the PlusEnergy house generation 5.5 located at its World of Living exhibit in Rheinau. A complete rundown of connected hardware is not provided, though the company mentions lights, locks, heating systems, blinds, environmental sensors and other accessories can be controlled via Home or Siri.

As for Apple, the tech giant is partnering with homebuilders in a bid to accelerate adoption of its fledgling smart home platform beyond consumer purchases. Building the technology into homes is a good way to ensure user uptake, while adding value for housing developers.