The importance of educating the design and build professional about the home technology market

Andy Baker (Baker Stone) comments “with a title like that how could anyone in the design community not be intrigued and then come and listen to one of the CPD courses being presented by CEDIA at this year’s 100% Design show?”


It’s a bit like asking why the design and build professional should be interested in bricks, concrete, plumbing, electrics, etc. after all they are all vital to the buildings designed and built by this community just as Home technology has become in recent years, due to the digital evolution of our lives, and the introduction of the digital native generation as homebuyers.


The 50s and 60s were the pioneer years for technology in many respects - barcodes, lasers, hybrid vehicles, fibre optics, integrated circuits, E-Commerce, Kevlar, the computer mouse and the CD while the 70s and 80s were to add electronic ink, a PC on a single chip, the mobile phone, ethernet, X-10 (arguably one of the first home automation systems), the Apple I, the Sony Walkman, CDs and the internet.


However, what remains as true today as it was 10, 20, 30 or even 50 years ago is that designers and construction professionals need the fundamental understanding of technology, and reliable partner to call on in a CEDIA professional. CEDIA members’ expertise will assist others in the design team as they seek to provide for, and integrate the latest technologies in to every project, making it ‘Future Friendly’ and ready for the next generation.


Gone are the days when Home Technology was restricted to the lucky few, those high net worth ‘first adopters’ who always wanted the latest and greatest technology in their homes and workplaces just because they could.  The advancement and accessibility in technology is changing the way we live and work, these combined elements are impacting the way designers are considering about our living space of the future.


The industry is evolving dramatically into a hub of creative concepts to transform our homes that will be suitable for the latest technology and a comfortable place to live. To meet the needs of transformational trends, designers and architects are innovating in their use of smart home technology. Technology is being considered at the core of the building’s design, but it should serve people with the emphasis on a house being “warm and comfortable” through all the hidden tech. 


Here’s a snapshot of the sort of technology that you can expect to learn about at CEDIA’s CPD Hub Home Tech Takeover at 100% Design in September.


Designing Integrated Future-Ready Homes (RIBA and BIID accredited CPD) with Pip Evans, NV Integration

NV integration is focusing on expanding design professional’s knowledge of residential home technology installation. The session explores the processes involved and the advantages of working with a professional integrator at the start of a project. It will offer attendees the opportunity to discover how to integrate home technologies for now and the future.


Understanding and Specifying Invisible Sound Solutions with Babs Moore, Amina

The option of using invisible sound solutions is a designer’s dream. How to include a multi-room audio solution, or surround sound in a multi-function media room, without seriously impacting the planned aesthetic of a property is a challenge not easily overcome. Likewise making interested parties, end clients, architects, and interior designers often unaware that high clarity room filling sound without seeing speakers is even a possibility.

CPD seminars are a great way of introducing the idea of invisible sound but to really believe just what is possible with zero visual impact a demonstration remains our most powerful sales tool.


The importance of Interior Acoustic Surfaces in modern residential design with Rob Noble, Rockfon

Rockfon is delighted to be contributing to CEDIA’s presence at 100% Design this September. It is an inspirational and influential event, and we are looking forward to presenting on the importance of Interior Acoustic Surfaces in modern residential design. Good acoustic design can help transform a building and the experience of those that use it.  

Having the right amount of sound absorption in the home will contribute to a more relaxing space, a better place to entertain and above all a healthier environment to live in. Making the right choice of surface finishes and materials used in the home will allow the combination of both modern design and a comfortable living space with good acoustics.  One does not have to prevent the other!


Digital Revolution – what can automation deliver, with Chris Janes, Legrand ‚Äč

Educating design and build professionals about home technology is important to us because a home is more than just a building and the use of the latest technology in its fabric can improve the way the owner engages with and experiences their home.

We look forward to discussing the functions automation systems can offer and ways that these systems can help provide energy savings.


Integrating Technology into Residential Design, with Nick Fichte, Crestron

The Crestron CPD on Integrating Technology into Residential Design has proven to be incredibly popular. This year, we’re excited to take the course out of the Crestron Showroom and into the CPD Hub at 100% Design, hosting sessions for event attendees.

The course provides everything you need to know about smart homes and the latest design trends, including Crestron Shades. Attendees will also learn the innovative ways that Crestron technology can enhance the lifestyle and design tastes of a homeowner.


Designing Integrated Future-Ready Homes (RIBA and BIID accredited CPD) with Andy Baker, Baker Stone

This course is aimed at design professionals who want to expand their knowledge of residential home technology installation. The session explores the processes involved and the advantages of working with a professional integrator at the start of a project. Integrated Homes really are the future for all of us, so come along and start to find out how a CEDIA member can help the design process.