Over the next two months, CEDIA will be present at two consumer shows, providing expert knowledge on home technology and promoting the importance for end users to work with a CEDIA member. This activity kicks off with the Homebuilding and Renovating Show on the 26th – 29th March in Birmingham, followed by Grand Designs Live on the 2nd – 10th May in London. 


Homebuilding and Renovating Show (26 – 29 March at the NEC Birmingham)

CEDIA is returning to the national Homebuilding and Renovating Show this year to provide advice on smart home automation and give visitors with the opportunity to find out more about the association and its members.

The national Homebuilding and Renovating Show is one of the UK’s biggest self-build and renovating events, drawing over 78,000 visitors; it is renowned as the market leader in the homebuilding field.  Following a successful show last year, CEDIA is once again taking part in the masterclass programme, providing visitors with expert advice and ideas for their self-build projects.

CEDIA professionals including Jon Ireland (Sound Investment AV), Paul Clarke (Living Home Tech), Shaun Hawkins (Ashway Smart Homes) and Andy Baker (Baker Stone Systems) will be on-hand at the “Advice Centre” at the show to provide FREE expert advice to businesses and homeowners about smart home technologies and how to integrate these systems in the home. 

A team of CEDIA staff and members will be available on stand G193 to speak to any visitors to answer questions and provide information about CEDIA’s work, and the benefits and opportunities of using a CEDIA member. 

CEDIA will also be running 20-minute seminars daily on “Home Automation: An Introduction to Smart Home Cabling Requirements for the Modern Home”. These sessions are free and visitors are encouraged to arrive early in order to secure a seat:

Masterclass Theatre 1
Saturday 28th March - 12.30-12.50

Masterclass Theatre 2
Thursday 26th March – 16:00-16:20
Friday 27th March – 14:30-14:50
Sunday 29th March – 15:00-15:20

Find out more about the Homebuilding and Renovating Show at http://national.homebuildingshow.co.uk/theatres-advice/ask-the-experts


Grand Designs Live (2 – 10 May at the ExCeL, London)

CEDIA is attending Grand Designs Live to increase awareness and educate consumers on the lifestyle benefits of an integrated home and the importance of using a CEDIA member to install smart home technologies.  

Grand Designs Live provides a strong platform for CEDIA to raise awareness of the association and its members to consumers. Based on the Channel 4 TV series, and presented by Kevin McCloud, the event will be packed with over 500 exhibitors, across six different sections, covering interiors, garden design, eco and sustainability, self-build, technology and project management.

The “Ask An Expert” feature offers a unique service designed to answer all questions from professionals and consumers, including self-build project queries. CEDIA is hosting the “Technology” section and members will be available to offer expert knowledge on all things home technology-related. CEDIA members providing expert advice include Richard Bell (UK Home Cinemas), Peter Krawczyk (Smart Space Group), Nick Moore (Ingeny), Joe Gormley (Finite Solutions), Giles Sutton (James + Giles), Diana Stickland (Design Innovation), David Hyman (Discrete Architectural Electronics) and Ben Cocks (Lamont Consultants). Visitors can book free 30-minute consultations with the CEDIA representatives via www.granddesignslive.com/ask-an-expert  

CEDIA has teamed up with Grand Designs Live to offer CEDIA members FREE weekday tickets or two tickets for the price of one at the weekend. To claim, members should call 0844 854 1348 or visit www.granddesignslive.com, follow the link to book tickets, enter the code CEDIAFREE (weekday tickets) or CEDIA241 (weekend deal) together with their personal details. CEDIA members can then download a maximum of two tickets.

*T&C’s - Offer valid on standard admission tickets only, offer ends 01/05/2015, tickets must be booked in advance, max 2 tickets per household, non transferable, print at home tickets only, tickets valid on any one weekday between 5th and 8th May 2015,  subject to limited availability,  tickets allocated on a first come-first served basis. 
**T&C’s - Transaction fee of £1.70 applies per order. Tickets must be booked in advance. Offer ends 1st May 2015. Offer valid on standard admission tickets only. Saving based on the door rate.