The Home Technology Event (ExCeL London, exhibition: 28-30 June; training 27-30 June) is most definitely the place to be for housebuilders seeking to find out about smart home technologies, how they can be successfully integrated and the value they can bring to residential developments.
“For housebuilders and developers looking to add value and save energy in their properties, then a visit to the Home Technology Event is an absolute must” says Show Manager, Cheryl Carroll from Upper Street Events – the organisers of the show. “They can learn from their peers in our special Hub Theatre seminar programme (see box out below), see the latest audio, TV, home cinema, lighting, HVAC, security and other innovations and appreciate how these products and systems can enhance the living spaces and meet environmental credentials of their schemes.”
Organised by Upper Street Events on behalf of the trade association CEDIA (the Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association), the Home Technology Event is the only annual trade show and education event in the UK dedicated to the design, installation, integration and concealment of home electronic systems. On show will be technologies used in whole-home audio and TV distribution systems, home cinema, lighting, HVAC and security control, data networks and other electronic sub-systems.
New this year will be feature zones and interactive elements which will create a fresh, exciting feel for housebuilders visiting the show. Following the talks in the Hub Seminar Theatre, they will have the opportunity to tour the show floor and familiarise themselves with the key systems and products from more than 170 brands in the industry. They will also benefit from seeing dedicated Room Set spaces where the latest products are showcased in real-world settings.
Exhibitors taking part at this year Home Technology Event include ACA Apex, Aldous Systems, Alltrade, Amina Technologies, Asheridge Communications, AWE Europe, Bespoke Telecoms BPT Security, Brother UK Carlo Gavazzi, ControlFX, Crestron, Digibox, DPL Electrical, Dymo, EuroNetwork, FS Cables, Future Automation, Futureshop, Genesis Technologies, Gira Giersiepen, Global Cellular, Habitech, Invision UK, LED Lights, Legrand, Loewe., Music in Every Room, NEOD, Promax Electronics, Rako Controls, RGB, Redline Sound Solutions, Sensible Heat, Smart-E, Sonos, TDI Tremiver, Technoloje, Unicam, Vantage and Zennio. A full exhibitor list, floor plan and further information on the show is available at www.hometechnologyevent.co.uk.
For further information and to register for the event, visit www.hometechnologyevent.co.uk.
BOX OUT: A SMART HOME EDUCATION
A dedicated half day of free talks for housebuilders will take place on the morning of Tuesday 28th June at this year’s CEDIA Home Technology Event (ExCeL London, 28-30 June).
Among the high-profile speakers presenting will be Jim Read, Associate Director – IT and Communications Systems Consulting at global engineering firm, Arup alongside Fraser Stride, Marketing Director at award-winning developers, CITU and Rob Pannell, Head of House Building from the Zero Carbon Hub.
Fraser Stride will present on The Greenhouse: A Lesson in Technology Integration. He will explain how this award-winning, low-carbon apartment project in Leeds makes extensive use of innovative electronic technologies to set a benchmark in sustainable property development.
In a session entitled “Are we ready for truly Integrated Technology in the home?” Jim Read from Arup will explore the burning issues. What functions do modern homes need to support; What systems and services do occupiers really want; What benefits do they bring; Are they commercially viable; Do building contractors understand what’s involved and the coordination required for success? Drawing on experience in the commercial buildings sector this session sets out the challenges of justifying, designing and implementing smart building technology as a coordinated part of multi-disciplinary construction projects.
Meanwhile, Rob Pannell from Zero Carbon Hub will talk about the roadmap to zero-carbon homes, and the role that electronic technology can play in cutting energy consumption and carbon emissions in the homes of the future.
Developers will also be attracted to the industry experts speaking in the interiors, lighting design and architectural sessions in the Hub Seminar Theatre programme on the afternoon of Tuesday 28th and all day on Wednesday 29th June.
Presenting alongside CEDIA Board member, David Graham from Grahams Hi-Fi, Iris Dunbar will provide an introduction to working with home technology, helping designers to understand the key questions which need to be asked at the briefing stage on a project to achieve a successful and functional interior. Staffan Tollgard and Sean Cochrane will follow with presentations looking at technology issues on live projects. They will argue how important it is to keep aware of the latest innovations in the sector and explain how home technology is capable of enhancing schemes and making designers look great in front of clients.
In the lighting design themed sessions on the afternoon of Wednesday 29th June, Dominic Meyrick from Hoare Lea, Lucy Martin from John Cullen Lighting and Lee Prince from Light + Design Associates will be talking about issues ranging from the use and control of LED’s and the impact of new Building Regulations to new generation lighting design and how ECOLuxury solutions can be achieved with lighting in residential projects. Among a series of architectural talks in the morning on this day, influential architectural firm, ADAM Architecture will be talking about the challenge of incorporating technology into traditional home projects.
“Developers are hungry for information on the latest TV, home cinema, audio, lighting and other electronic technologies which are now so intrinsic to everyday family life” says Sally Bent, Marketing Manager for the Home Technology Event. “There is unquestionable demand for a better understanding of these systems, the advantages they bring and how they can be effectively included on developments to help create differentiation as well as save energy. This series of talks will help them achieve these very objectives with practical insight provided by experts at the top of their profession”.
Places for the seminar sessions are available on a first come-first served basis. To register for the event and for full details of the Hub Seminar programme, please visit www.hometechnologyevent.co.uk. For more information on CITU, Arup and the Zero Carbon Hub, please visit www.citu.co.uk, www.arup.com, and www.zerocarbonhub.org.