The Integrated Home – how to make your homes truly “smart”

The integration of smart technology is fast becoming the norm for households up and down the country. It is now more important than ever for design and build professionals to understand smart home technology and the latest audio-visual developments to provide the service that is now fully expected by the client. CEDIA® (the global association for the integrated home) members are perfectly positioned to explain the elements that should be considered when designing a wider home integration project.

Working With an Integrator

Lighting and shading, heating control, security, and audio-visual systems can all be integrated seamlessly in terms of operation and aesthetics with the right planning. By involving a CEDIA member in a project at the architectural planning stage, you’ll end up with a more elegant living space.

In order to understand what’s possible, try and visit one of the many amazing home technology showrooms and experience centres around. We’ve now passed the point of being impressed about being able to turn on your bathroom lights from the beach, we need to ask ourselves how useful the technology we’re installing actually is. CEDIA members help their clients avoid technology for technology’s sake and focus on what will genuinely make their lives better.

Learning More Through Professional Development

As experts in their field, CEDIA members offer professional advice and guidance in the design of a personalised system for the connected home. They provide information on the latest technology-and how to use it, as it becomes available, so working with a CEDIA member is the best insurance you have that the final system will meet yours and your client’s expectations.

CEDIA offers Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses that are designed to help designers increase their knowledge of smart home systems. Through the CEDIA Outreach Instructor programme, CEDIA members deliver home technology education on a regional basis.

As well as this, CEDIA is partnering with a number of CEDIA members to provide dedicated educational events for design and build professionals. These free-to-attend events will include an accredited CPD course, a tour of state-of-the-art experience centres, and the chance to network with industry professionals. Join us for the next Designing the Connected Home event on 19th September at the Ideaworks Experience Centre in London.

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