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Home Technology - Smart Homes

Does the thought of incorporating popular technologies such as the iPad® tablet, motorized shades, lighting control, and security systems seem overwhelming? In this fast paced course you’ll learn about the latest interior technology and how it shapes the spaces you design. You will get inspiration for how you can expand the breadth of your practice by incorporating technology into your designs without needing to be a technology expert. Learn more and watch it!

This course introduces participants to the residential smart home market and the opportunities arising from the increasing presence of technology in the home. Relevant industry trends and homeowner preferences will be discussed, as well as a high-level overview of smart home product categories such as lighting, shading, and temperature control. Additional topics covered include the benefits of voice control, considerations concerning third party integration, and the differences between cloud-based integration and local integration as they relate to products and systems. Learn more and watch it!

A “green or sustainable home” extends beyond recycling and energy efficiency. Clients today want to live a greener lifestyle. Participants in this course will discuss components of “living green”, and how using technology can help their clients live a greener and more sustainable life. Additionally, attendees will discuss the ways control systems can improve durability and enhance health as well as comfort of a home and its occupants through HVAC, lighting and lighting control, automated shading, smart appliances, and water usage. Participants will also discuss how a cooperative mentality among trades in the design and build process can help clients achieve their “green and sustainable goals”. Learn more and watch it!

There are many available options related to technology for today’s savvy clients, and this course will help guide participants through the myriad of choices. Participants will walk away from this course with a comprehensive overview of current home technologies available in today’s connected homes. The in-depth discussion will include wired vs. wireless, integrated systems—what they are and how they work—and engaging a trained electronic systems professional. Learn more and watch it!

Many new products on the market claim to be “smart”, but how do these devices actually improve your experiences in your homes? Learn what it takes to successfully integrate smart technology in your projects. Discover examples of how technology can enhance the lifestyle of homeowners and understand the critical considerations for service and support. Learn more and watch it!

Lighting Controls

This webinar provides an overview of standard residential lighting control systems compared to automated control systems. It will go into basic lighting design terminology and system components as well as attempting to give basic knowledge of various control solutions and the benefits each one provides. Learn more and watch it!

Lighting control has become a standard in new construction and existing retrofit solutions… those who have it love it and wonder how they ever lived without it! Participants will walk away from this course with a basic understanding of lighting control terminology, and the benefits and solutions related to lighting control- presented in simple, easy to understand language. Learn more and watch it!

Lighting control systems old and new. Learn about lighting control and it’s history, how it started and why. Learn how lighting control has evolved and what next gen control looks like, what it can do, and how easy it is to do it. Learn more and watch it!

Light is part of our daily lives and it plays a central role in the design of a visual environment. In this course, you’ll explore how lighting impacts health and well-being as well as tools to help ensure your lighting plan best illuminates your design. Learn more and watch it!

This course is designed to teach you all the features and benefits of LED lighting. It will go into depth on which systems work the best with LED lighting, the components of an LED system, and how they differentiate from a normal lighting system. It will also explain the efficacy and reliability of an LED system, how it will save you money and time. Learn more and watch it!

Navigating architects and designers on how light affects our environment regarding our health, safety, and welfare. A few of the themes are circadian focused lighting, flicker, glare, lighting and safety, lighting and perception, color temperature, and the impact of poorly designed lighting in our exterior environments. Attendees will gain knowledge of valuable lighting design facts which can be implemented in their future designs. Learn more and watch it!

In this course we will learn the reasons why the WELL Building Standard v1 is needed, how it’s structured, and what its benefits are. The students will learn which solutions are best when it comes to meeting Circadian Light requirements. Also learn the different features and modes of the WELL Building Standard and how to achieve them. Learn more and watch it!

Shading Solutions

In this course you will learn about the importance of residential shading. You will also gain a better understanding of the differences between motorized and manual shading, the importance of fabric characteristics and how it plays into the performance of shading fabric, and you will discover how automated shading systems maximize daylighting. Learn more and watch it!

In this course, students will be exposed to a wide variety of topics for shading fabrics including color, appropriate selection, fabric options, and the ability of shades to protect interior finishes and furniture. Learn more and watch it!

There are many different types of window treatments that can be installed in residential and commercial projects – including those used outside a structure. This course provides an introduction to these various types of products, the considerations (and client benefits) when automating shade and window treatment, and how to build your team of professionals when implementing this type of technology into your project. Learn more and watch it!

Home Theaters and Media Rooms

What is a home theater? This may sound like a question with a simple answer, but it isn’t. Participants in this course will come away with a very distinct definition of what a home theater is and what it isn’t! Discussions will also include basic acoustical physics, common mistakes in designing theaters, as well as specific design considerations related to video, lighting, electrical, safety, and comfort. Learn more and watch it!

Controlling and isolating sound is tricky-without the correct tools, the right people, and the proper design, the results are often disastrous. Participants in this course will review the needs for creating sound isolated specialty spaces and discuss how much sound isolation is needed in varying circumstances. In addition, attendees will dive into the three tools of sound isolation-mass, absorption, and mechanical isolation and the role of each in the design and build process, while discussing the process of designing and constructing a specialty space. Learn more and watch it!

Digital entertainment plays a huge part on the modern lifestyle and is something that can be truly astounding when experienced in the correct environment. Dedicated and convertible entertainment spaces need careful thought and professional design to perform well, and ultimately wow the homeowner. Learn more and watch it!

Design and Technology

Home electronics should integrate seamlessly into a home’s design and décor. This course reviews the three-pronged approach to hiding technology – advanced planning, design philosophy, and product selection, these being used to minimize the visual impact of electronics without compromising their performance. Specific challenges and recommendations related to hiding video displays, projectors, speakers, controls, cameras, equipment racks, and more will be addressed. Learn more and watch it!

As with other rough-in trades (mechanical, electrical, and plumbing), electronic systems should be planned for well in advance of construction and documented at the construction drawing phase of design. This course describes the process used by professionals in the project planning, design, and installation phases of electronic systems. Learn more and watch it!

This presentation will introduce architects, interior designers, builders, and remodelers to custom audio and visual solutions that can be seamlessly incorporated into residential and commercial spaces. Learn more and watch it!

This course will introduce the builder, designer, or architect to the benefits of hiding technology into the design and architecture of a project. The course will begin by defining the luxury experience in residential design. It will then dive deeper into audio and lighting as elements that influence the luxury experience. Finally, the course will present solutions for hiding these and other technologies into design and architecture. Learn more and watch it!

Outdoor Living

With technology playing such a huge role in our lives today, it’s only natural that our homes have technology everywhere too, whether it be indoors or out. The in/outdoor technology and entertainment market has grown beyond simple audio and video options. This course will provide design and build partners with expertise in outdoor technology options and knowledge in how the environment (including weather, location, and terrain) influences your outdoor equipment choices. Learn more and watch it!

Overview of how automated louvered pergolas are changing the way people are living outdoors. With outdoor living become a focal point for both the residential and commercial markets, a premium is placed on outdoor comfort. Our goal is to show how these spaces can be utilized in most weather conditions comfortably with the automated modern-day pergolas acting as the centerpiece of that space. Learn more and watch it! 

Power Management

Learn about the future of power grid technology! In our current age the way power is generated and managed has evolved. Increased call for personal microgrids and energy independence has led to astonishing breakthroughs in sustainable power technology. This course will show you the current future of personal grid technology and how it can keep your systems running through increased demand even with the aging grid infrastructure and frequent power outages. Learn more and watch it!

Intelligent energy storage is quickly becoming a leading energy management component when designing resilient smart homes with sustainable clean energy. This course provides an overview of the benefits of intelligent energy storage and why it is a crucial component for every home. We go over key design considerations and core applications, how it contributes to increased energy efficiency, and more. Learn more and watch it!

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Trends and Tendencies for Smart Home Technology in 2021

Hello Tech Enthusiasts! With technology updating and changing basically every week, we thought it would be helpful if we could lead the way into the future as best we could. We put this blog together to talk about the components of a Smart Home System and the biggest items in South Florida Home Automation.

In addition to our normal jobs, we’ve been devoting a lot of our time toward our Boca Tech Talks, our series of webinars partnered with AIA and ASID geared toward educating the community and helping designers acquire CEU credits (with almost 250 credits issued over 2 seasons!). With over 30 hours of presentation and an unknown amount of time putting them together, our team got pretty good at it!

boca tech talks ceu webinars taught in the second season of 2020
A list of instructors and the CEU Webinars taught in the Second Season of Boca Tech Talks 2020

These presentations (which can all be viewed on our website) invited some of the most well-known and knowledgeable experts in their respective fields and we coaxed them into spilling all the good stuff!

Deb Giarratana from Orion Integrated Systems
Deb Giarratana, Channel Sales Manager at Orion Integrated Systems

Deb Giarratana from Orion Integrated Systems, located in Palm Beach, FL, had plenty to say about the way technology can affect our health in ways we don’t even realize. Circadian lighting schemes that increase your health and productivity, automated shades and drapes to regulate heat and UV radiation, air and water purification systems because… health!
Deb loves the benefits that technology applies to your health and assured us that her predictions for 2021 are more of the same. “Touchless everything!” Deb told us, dimmers with sensors, garbage cans that open on their own, you name it – she wants it! Voice assistants, drone landing pads (They’re real!), distributed A/V, being able to live in each room comfortably and safely is the dream we’re all chasing so, why not be healthy while you do it?

Jason Sayen from LK and Associates
Jason Sayen, CEDIA Outreach Instructor and Director of Sales and Business Development at LK & Associates

With all that tech connected to each other, another problem makes itself known… your network. Is it fast enough to keep your system working smooth and fast or are you bottle-necked by your slow internet? The power couple of our industry, Jason and Vanessa Sayen from LK and Associates, located in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, spoke about this at length. A robust, enterprise-grade network that can keep your business running from home, your kids in school and online, videos streaming, and so much more.
These enterprise grade solutions help troubleshoot problems in residential, commercial, and marine residences/businesses all in real-time.

Vanessa Sayen from LK & Associates
Vanessa Sayen, CEDIA Outreach Instructor and Marketing Manager at LK & Associates

Vanessa and Jason have been in the game for a long time and know a thing or two about this subject, they know that every room doesn’t have to do it all, it just needs to do all the things you need it to. A dedicated media room is great for movies, but you won’t want to eat dinner in there every night. A multipurpose room with a hidden rack room to hide all the equipment so your guests never even see a wire. Pre-plan your jobs for the best results! All our adapts tell us that the faster you bring in the experts the better the job will be. In terms of running wire and design, the beginning of a job is the most important part of an integration, preferably before the drywall even goes up.

cutting edge home entertainment
This new state-of-the-art Samsung Ultra Short Throw projector can blast out a picture up to 110″, is powerful enough to be seen during the day (even though you can close the shades and dim the lights at the press of a single button!), and its so close to the wall you wont get yelled at for walking in front of it anymore!

When building something outdoors, the motto is still “the sooner the better”. Being able to run wire while you place support beams and structure is a huge boon, especially if whatever it is you’re installing is going to become a permanent solution.

calvin gray from Struxure
Calvin Gray, Vice President of Marketing Development for StruXure

Calvin Gray from StruXure outdoor, a pergola company located in Davie, FL, told us about their new $7-$10,000 “umbrella” type solution called the Cabana X; this is a moveable and re-place able enhancement to your outdoor space that will completely change how you use your yard.
When trying to get some fresh air you might not want to be limited by a small space like the Cabana X and would opt toward their larger Pergola X model that was introduced to many restaurants during the pandemic. This Pergola X created additional seating outdoors when avid food lovers were shouting for more outdoor space.

Pergola X by Struxure
Escape to your Backyard. Create a Vacation Destination right outside your home.
cabana X by Struxure
Cabana X provides a unique space to connect your mind, body, and spirit— to enjoy the outdoors while remaining protected from the elements.

While staying at home whether you’re indoors or out, you still need power, and finding power is the same as it’s always been… South Florida’s own power struggle being nicknamed “Florida Flicker and Flash” is an expert example as to why clean renewable resources are needed.

Jessica Weiss from sonnen
Jessica Weiss, National Business Development Manager – Energy Automation & AI – Sonnen

Jessica Weiss from Sonnen brought many examples and solutions to this very subject.
The quality and access to power is the concern most people have. Dirty power from plants and generators is unreliable and pollutes the air, the time for solar, hydro, and wind power collection has come, and it is expanding very rapidly. Being able to collect and store your own energy is an increasingly vital resource coming into 2021 and Jessica told us about some very promising locations that are already making serious headway in these fields.

Smart energy management by sonnen
Sonnen Home Battery Solution. Powering your life with smart, clean, and safe home energy systems.

In today’s technology world we are becoming hyper-aware of these power problems and are searching for a reliable and powerful solution. Jessica told us about an apartment complex called Soleil Lofts that has communal solar panels that charge batteries located in each resident’s apartment. Each battery able to power the residence easily until more power is stored, this is no solution, but it is a step toward illuminating the right path.

Soleil Lofts development in Utah US
The Soleil Lofts apartments, in Herriman, Utah, seeks to attract environmentally conscious customers who want to hasten the transition to all-electric and clean energy living.

When it comes to technology there is no right or wrong equipment, there is only a right and wrong way to install  that equipment. But, as far as the actual pieces of tech go, it’s all preference.

Wayne Augustin from C&E Marketing
Wayne Augustin, Premium Products Team Leader at C&E Marketing

So, when we got to Wayne Augustin from C&E Marketing, located in Sunrise, FL, we were ready to hear about all the different speaker models and the potential possibilities they can offer. “How do you want your sound to look?” he asked us, and then showed us how newer speaker models can be hidden completely inside the wall!
Invisible speakers that show literally zero sign of installation are not a new invention, in fact, they were invented in the 90’s. However, until recently they have been classified as “lackluster” and were never really used except for commercial sales buildings for background noise… until now!

Hidden Speakers during installation
“A/B” speaker test wall during installation phase.
Hidden Speakers after installation
“A/B” speaker test wall showing rectangular grill of normal in-wall speakers compared to completely invisible in-wall speakers.

Now, these speakers can be installed and used like any other pair of speakers, they are not “concert quality” like Wayne tells us but they are good enough to sprinkle around a media room.
We could talk about creating a media room and the sound that goes into it all day long! The screen, projector, etc. we’d be here all day, all year! And we didn’t even get to lighting yet!

Michelle Guss from Crestron
Michelle Guss, CEDIA Outreach Instructor and Director of Residential Business Development for North America at Crestron

Michelle Guss from Crestron is our lighting expert, and she keeps telling us that their new user experience has never been easier. With a phone app and enhanced security, a new user can use Crestron Home for renovations and new builds.
With over 750 automated tests and 30,000 lines of automation code it sounds scary but it’s “never been easier to configure and deploy” according to our pro. It’s non-hackable, links with the entire home – lights, shades, locks, alarms, you name it! You can interact with your conferencing from your desktop, your tv, wherever you want to Video Conference. Don’t be held back by your laptop’s internet strength or your phones battery, utilize every room in your home by connecting every room with Crestron!

crestron home
Crestron brings your idea of home to life… made possible with smart home technology that is intuitive and simple. Instantly responsive to touch or the sound of your voice. A complete smart home system engineered to become invisible, so all that remains is the experience. Your experience.

With the third season of our Boca Tech Talks approaching fast make sure you stay caught up with the Tech Times! Stay #BTASmart with our blog, and, of course, the Boca Tech Talks coming in 2021!

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