automation, custom installation and the integrated home. To give a simple definition, it is the integra-

Build right for smart home technology O

ver the last couple of years, home technology has been referred to in a number of ways: smart home, home

tion of technology in the home. This includes a wide range of features, such as entertain- ment systems, multi-room audio, lighting control, smart security, heating systems, blind control and so on. The majority of people now use some sort of technology in their life, for lifestyle and / or work. Thanks to iPhones, iPads and other devices, we as a society have never been more in tune with technology. Home technology provides a multitude of benefits to us. The benefit of integrated home technology

is that all integrated technology can be controlled from one interface, either on control panels situated throughout the home or via mobile devices, proving the simplicity and ease of managing home technology. From finger-tip electronic control over any

aspect of your home, to pre-programmed settings that turn on your lights and unlock your doors when your car pulls in the drive, home technology is the future of 21st century homes. Capable of assisting us with everyday duties to bespoke requests, home technology is becoming the norm for homeowners up and down the country, with more and more new house buyers expecting their property to be technology ready. Today’s integrated home allows you to

control, conceal and operate electronic systems within your home as never before – this is the world of CEDIA (, the leading global authority for home technology professionals, who can make this a reality.

Infrastructure is king

CEDIA® has recently sponsored and contributed to the latest Publicly Available Specification (PAS) by the British Standards Institution (BSI) titled, ‘Design and Installation of Telecommunications and Broadcast Infrastructure within the Home’. A credible and useful tool for architects, the PAS includes all the latest technical standards and regulations required when designing and installing a smart home wiring infrastructure. The new document will be published and available to access from 31st March 2017. As market leaders in the home technology industry, CEDIA has been working with the

BSI to create a document that outlines the recommendations for designing and installing a domestic wiring infrastructure for both single residential dwellings and most homes with multiple occupations. Based on the requirements outlined in BS EN 50173 and BS EN 50174, ‘Design and Installation of Telecommunications and Broadcast Infrastructure within the Home’ provides the latest technical guidance and recommenda- tions for integrators working on new build properties to meet the changing and increas- ing requirements of designing and installing a domestic wiring infrastructure that supports a connected, integrated home.

How CEDIA Can Help

Although this code of practice outline the fundamentals of the required infrastructure for an integrated home, CEDIA members are fully equipped to design and deliver more bespoke systems, dependant on the needs of an architect. All CEDIA professionals are trained in the latest technologies, design, project management, and installation techniques. Working with a CEDIA member is the best assurance housebuilders have that the final system will meet their expectations, without any unexpected set-backs.

Build a relationship with a home technology professional

To ensure the best service from design to installation, it’s important to build a relation- ship with a home technology professional from the get-go. CEDIA members are the best informed and trained in the latest technologies, design, project management and installation techniques. CEDIA members understand that technology in the home is

becoming more and more valuable, and will specify a system and infrastructure that most suits your project.

CEDIA Finder Service

CEDIA offers a Finder Service on its website –, which allows clients to locate their nearest home technology profes- sional. Users can search CEDIA member companies by postcode, services, and certifi- cation. This will provide you with enough information to start the conversation. You can find your CEDIA member via


CEDIA are hosting a special all-day event dedicated to the architectural and design community on 11th October at the Building Centre in London. The Lifestyle Technology Showcase will include CPD sessions from key product suppliers in the home technology space as well as CEDIA’s own RIBA accredited material, and a special keynote showcasing the synergy that can be achieved between architec- ture and technology. The day will finish with an opportunity for technology integrators and design and build professionals to network and discuss the challenges and opportunities that home technology and design and build phase brings. This free to attend event can be booked by visiting the CEDIA website at



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