Villa Valencia in Forbes

August 8, 2019.


Villa Valencia is featured in Forbes in an article titled “Can Your Luxury Condo Keep You Healthy?” highlighting our collaboration and implementation of the world’s first home wellness intelligence system Darwin by DELOS.

From the Forbes article:

“In the past decade lots of new ideas have found their way into residential construction — aging-in-place, green initiatives, sustainability. It seems only natural, pun intended, for wellness to be part of the equation. Turns out that wellness real estate makes up $134 billion of the of the $4.2 trillion global wellness economy. Homebuilders like KB Homes signed on earlier this year to develop and sell wellness real estate. But other custom builders and developers, who may not have KB’s volume of scale are seeing wellness as a great value proposition and differentiator.

One such developer taking the gamble is Rishi Kapoor, CEO of Miami-based Location Ventures, with Villa Valencia.

The project, which broke ground in Coral Gables earlier this year, will have 39 luxury condominium residences and feature the Darwinsystem. “Every one of our residences will be controlled by smart home systems. Darwin can plug right into that and residents can, among other things, monitor air quality and lighting temperature,” says Kapoor.

Created by Delos, Darwin is both a “hardware and software platform,” says company founder and CEO Paul Scialla. “The software is a whole algorithm that acts as a wellness brain for the home.” The system checks air and water quality, thermal and acoustic comfort and circadian lighting. “The sensor is constantly reading everything.”

For example, tap on “air quality” to learn about the level of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in your home. The levels will rise and fall as you come in from outdoors with nasty stuff on your shoes and clothing; if you’re cooking; if you’re using hair spray. The system will let you know if the particulate level is harmful. The same goes for what’s in your water.

As for lighting, you can set “scenes” to energize and awaken or to simulate dawn or to relax. You can set it to your circadian rhythms, the natural sleep cycles our long-ago ancestors used to follow. “We used to wake at sunrise and be active and energized during the day under a bright sky that triggered hormones for energy and mental acuity,” Scialla says. “We slept in complete darkness. We breathed pristine air, drank pure water. This went on for the better part of human history. Now we spend almost 90 percent of our lives in a manufactured box where air quality tends to be two to five time worse than outdoor air.”

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