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Cutting-edge Integrated Green Home

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The following information is courtesy of the 2008 CEDIA Electronic Lifestyles Designers’ Choice Awards. For more information on how to become a member of CEDIA, or information on its awards program please visit www.cedia.org or call (800) 669-5329.
2008 CEDIA Electronic Lifestyles Awards Entry: Best Integrated Home, Level I: $67,500 – $120,000
IH5
Date design began: 06-01-07
Date installation was completed: 02-01-08

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FEATURE ESSAY
1. Please provide a short four to six sentence synopsis describing the project goals, special features, or nuances.
This project was a major remodel that would embrace green building techniques, cutting edge technology to control all home systems with ease-of-use, and an eye on future expandability. This is why the Netstreams IP based A/V system was chosen. We were excited to be involved with this challenging project. This system integrates home theater, whole-house audio, security cameras, HVAC control, lighting control, motorized shades and skylight, and even remote control of the master bedroom fireplace. Two iPod docks can be accessed to send music to any of the rooms in the home. The distribution of all systems is implemented via a Netstreams Digilinx system, with added control from multiple RTI remote controls.
2. Did you encounter any challenges or limitations that required special consideration in the design of the system or placement of equipment? Please describe the control system.
The remodel was already under way and partially done when we were contracted to help with the design and installation of the system. The client is a fan of technology and knew what functions he wanted, and needed help achieving that goal. The system was to be technically advanced, yet user friendly for family members. By using touchscreens and keypads throughout the home, and a RTI WiFi remote along with the Netstreams IP control and distribution system this was accomplished.

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3. Discuss the overall plan you created to accomplish the clients’ requirements.
The installation of products was to be discreet and all of the source and control products were hidden in two equipment closets. All of the Canton speakers are either in-ceiling or in the wall flush mount. The client wanted an elegant theater experience in the master bedroom. There is a 50? Fujitsu plasma above the fireplace, and for movie watching there is a 110? screen that drops in front. A single button push on the RTI touch screen remote will lower the screen while shutting off the plasma, as well as the fireplace, close the skylights and their shades, as well as all of the shades on the windows, dims the lights and then starts the DVD from the JVC 3-chip projector.

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For entertaining there are different party modes programmed into the Netstreams system that sets the zones for music as well as lighting and adjusting the motorized window treatments. When guests arrive the doorbell mutes the music and rings a custom tone through the system, and the homeowner can see who is at the door through the Panasonic security cameras on the Netstreams touchscreens as well as talk to them on an intercom and unlock the door to let them in.

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All of this technology is wrapped up in a simple to use package that makes this “Green home? in the Silicon Valley a joy to live in!
4. Describe the five most used functions of the system and how they benefit the client.
a. Netstreams distributed audio throughout the home creates a rich ambiance whether listening to their iPods or other sources.
b. Integrating security cameras allows the client to see who is at the door on the Touchlinx screen as well as communicate with them and unlock the door to let them n.
c. Netstreams Panorama distributes video to five locations throughout the home.
d. Lutron Radio RA lighting control and motorized shades are controlled from dedicated Lutron keypads as well as the Netstreams Touchlinx system.
e. The Netstreams system controls the HVAC in conjunction with the Aprilaire thermostat.

EQUIPMENT LIST:

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Yamaha
Model#: RX-V 2700
Product Description: Surround Receiver

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Yamaha
Model#: DVD-S 2700
Product Description: Single Disc DVD Player

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Sunfire
Model#: Super Junior
Product Description: Powered Subwoofer

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Canton
Model#: CD 360 F
Product Description: Center Channel Speaker

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Canton
Model#: In-Wall 650
Product Description: In-Wall Speaker

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Canton
Model#: In-Ceiling 650 DT
Product Description: In-Ceiling Single Stereo Speaker

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Canton
Model#: Plus XL Outdoor
Product Description: Outdoor Weatherproof Speakers

Qty: 12
Manufacturer: Canton
Model#: In-Ceiling 650
Product Description: In-Ceiling Speakers

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Da-Lite
Model#: 94237
Product Description: 110

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: JVC
Model#: DLA-RS1X
Product Description: 1080p 3 Chip Projector

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Fujitsu
Model#: P 50 XHA 58 EB
Product Description: 50?

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Sharp
Model#: LC32D64U
Product Description: 32?

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: DirecTV
Model#: HRD 20
Product Description: HD Satellite Receiver w/ DVR

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: DirecTV
Model#: HR 20
Product Description: HD Satellite Receiver

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: APC
Model#: S-15
Product Description: Power Conditioner w/ Back-up Battery

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Panamax
Model#: 1000+
Product Description: Power Conditioner

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: RTI
Model#: RP 6
Product Description: RF Control Module

Qty: 3
Manufacturer: RTI
Model#: RM 433
Product Description: RF Antenna

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: RTI
Model#: T-4
Product Description: Color Touchscreen RF WiFi Controller

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: RTI
Model#: T-2 C
Product Description: Color RF Controller

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: RTI
Model#: M-2
Product Description: Learning Remote Control

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: RTI
Model#: U-1
Product Description: Waterproof RF Remote Control

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Middle Atlantic
Model#: AXS-43
Product Description: Equipment Rack

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Netstreams
Model#: Panorama 6400
Product Description: IP Video Distribution System

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Netstreams
Model#: MLA 4000
Product Description: IP Audio Distribution System

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Netstreams
Model#: NS-PL750
Product Description: Power Supply

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Netstreams
Model#: NS-SW324
Product Description: 24 Port Managed Switch

Qty: 8
Manufacturer: Netstreams
Model#: NS-SL250
Product Description: Digital Stereo 2 X 50 Watt Amplifier

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Netstreams
Model#: TL 380
Product Description: 3.8

Qty: 3
Manufacturer: Netstreams
Model#: KL201
Product Description: 10-Button In-Wall Keypad Controller

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Netstreams
Model#: DX100
Product Description: IP Based Doorbell Intercom Module

Qty: 4
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Model#: BB-HCM331
Product Description: Network Video Camera

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Aprilaire
Model#: 8870
Product Description: Communicating Thermostat

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Lutron
Model#: Chromos
Product Description: System Interface Controller

TIME AND EXPERTISE:

Client Interviews: 8

Electronic Design and Engineering: 16

Proposal and System Documentation Preparation: 8

Project Management: 30

Pre-wire/Rough-in: 52

Trim-out: 22

Shop Time for Racking and Testing: 71

Programming: 67

Final Installation and Calibration: 48

Client Instruction: 5

Interior Design and/or Architecture by your Company: 0

Interior Design and/or Architecture by Others: 0

Project Management by Others: 20

Other time: 0
Describe Task:

Total Hours to Complete: 347

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