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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 II: $150,000 – $200,000

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Date design began: 09-01-05
Date installation was completed: 06-05-07

FEATURE ESSAY

1. Please provide a short four to six sentence synopsis describing the project goals, special features, or nuances.

Our clients are very concerned with security, and our task was to make this system accessible throughout the home. Closed circuit camera views and security system status pages had to be available on all touchscreens. Lighting and shade controls were also important to the client. Whole-house audio and video systems provide wonderful entertainment value to this secure and elegant home.

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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.

This residence is a beautiful coastal home with a spectacular view. Our main challenge on this project was to provide audio and video equipment that was easy and comfortable to use, but also completely discreet. One half of the sprawling master suite takes advantage of the property’s commanding view through elegant floor to ceiling windows. We accented these remarkable windows with Sivoia QED sun shades which blocked out the morning glare, yet still allowed the owners to enjoy the waterfront view. While in bed the clients also have the option to watch television on a 42? Pioneer plasma television. In order to preserve the view, we installed the plasma on an electronic lift that recesses into the ceiling when not in use. Two Sonance in-ceiling speakers deliver sound into the spacious bedroom for the television audio or house music through the Crestron home control system. Sonance speakers were also placed in the bath for music; while a 37? Sharp HDTV was installed in the office. Each of these three spaces was equipped with unobtrusive, in-wall Crestron touchscreens for easy control of all house systems.

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3. Discuss the overall plan you created to accomplish the clients’ requirements.

Our plan was a very precise one. It required the heavy involvement of our client from the beginning to the end of the integration process to ensure their complete satisfaction. We reviewed all the layout concepts with the client, architect, and builder. We also coordinated closely with the security contractor to ensure that every facet of the project proceeded smoothly.

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4. Describe the five most used functions of the system and how they benefit the client.

a. Security Features – Our client was extremely security conscious and wanted a comprehensive security system. The ability to monitor the status of doors, windows, and motion sensors was at the top of his list.

b. Lighting Control – Lighting control was also an essential component of the project, although controlling every load discreetly was not prioritized over having the capability to quickly see which rooms had lights on.

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c. Shade Control – The Lutron Sivoia QED motorized solar shades are ideal because they allow our client to enjoy the soothing outline of the water even when closed. The shades are controlled by a Crestron home automation system that is used throughout the house.

d. Whole-House Audio – This multi-room audio system with Audio Request pipes music throughout the house for users to access with the touch of a button.

e. Easy Control Option – We used in-wall Crestron touchscreens to provide our client with a solution that is both inconspicuous and user-friendly. A Universal Remote Control MX-3000 allows for easy control of the TV.

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EQUIPMENT LIST:

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Altronics
Model#: AX-PBST
Product Description: Required Relay to activate touchscreen security camera pages when door bell is pressed

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Altronics
Model#: IE-PIP12VDC
Product Description: Power Supply for Altronics Relay

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Antex
Model#: XM-3000 TriplePlay
Product Description: XM Satellite Radio w/Multi-Zone Receiver

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: AudioControl
Model#: Architect 960
Product Description: 16-Channel Amplifier

Qty: 5
Manufacturer: AudioControl
Model#: Architect 660
Product Description: 12-Channel Amplifier

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Audio Request
Model#: F4.500
Product Description: 4-Zone Hard Drive Music Server w/300GB of Hard Drive Space

Qty: 3
Manufacturer: Chief
Model#: PLP-U
Product Description: Wall Mount Bracket w/Adjustable Pitch

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: PRO2
Product Description: Control System Processor

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: C2ENET-1
Product Description: Ethernet Server Card for PRO2

Qty: 3
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: CNX-BIPAD8
Product Description: Audio Matrix Switcher

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: ASBK
Product Description: Audio Switcher Bussing Kit

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: C2N-SPWS300
Product Description: External Cresnet Power Supply

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: CN-PWS-75
Product Description: Cresnet Power Supply

Qty: 4
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: CNT-BLOCK
Product Description: Cresnet Connector Blocks

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: C2N-TFM
Product Description: FM Broadcast Reference Tuner

Qty: 3
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: TPS-4000L
Product Description: Wall Mounted 10.4″ Color Touchscreen

Qty: 3
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: BB-4000L
Product Description: Wall Mounting Back Box for TPS-4000L

Qty: 6
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: TPS-2000L
Product Description: Wall Mounted 5″ Color Touchscreen

Qty: 6
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: BB-2000L
Product Description: Wall Mounting Back Box for TPS-2000L

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: TPS-4L
Product Description: Wall Mounted Color Touchscreen

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: BB-4L
Product Description: Wall Mounting Back Box for TPS-4L

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: ST-RMK
Product Description: Custom Fitted Rack Shelf Panel for housing Non-Rack Mountable Equipment

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Denon
Model#: AVR-2307CI
Product Description: A/V Surround Sound Receiver

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Denon
Model#: DVD-2930CI
Product Description: Digital Video Disc Player

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Electro-Kinetics
Model#: CC&T-002
Product Description: Recessed Ceiling Plasma Lifter (custom configured for use with the Pioneer PDP-4260HD w/64″ drop)

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Linksys
Model#: RV016 Router
Product Description: Cable/DSL Router w/Firewall Protection & Secure VPN Access w/16-port switch

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Linksys
Model#: SR-2016
Product Description: 10/100/1000 Speed Gigabit Switch for up to 16 Locations

Qty: 4
Manufacturer: Linksys
Model#: WAP54G
Product Description: Wireless-G Access Point

Qty: 10
Manufacturer: Leviton
Model#: Quickport 2-Port
Product Description: 2-Port Flush Mount Plates for Modular System Termination

Qty: 11
Manufacturer: Lutron
Model#: Sivoia QED Roller Shades
Product Description: Motorized 1-Panel Sun Shades w/Premium Grade Fabric

Qty: 11
Manufacturer: Lutron
Model#: Sivoia QED Lineals
Product Description:

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Lutron
Model#: Manual V8 Clutch Roll Shades
Product Description: Privacy Fabric

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Lutron
Model#: Sivoia QED Power Panels
Product Description: Remote Power Panels for 10 Sivoia QED Motorized Shades

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Lutron
Model#: HWI-LV17-120
Product Description: Rough-in Low-Voltage Enclosure

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Lutron
Model#: HWI-Q96
Product Description: Shade Controller for Sivoia QED Motorized Shades

Qty: 3
Manufacturer: Lutron
Model#: HWI-PNL8
Product Description: Remote Power Rough-in Panel for 8 Remote Power Modules

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Lutron
Model#: HWI-PNL5
Product Description: Remote Power Rough-in Panel for 5 Remote Power Modules

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Lutron
Model#: HWI-LV32-120
Product Description: Rough-on Low-Voltage Enclosure for Processor

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Lutron
Model#: H8P5-MI-H48-120
Product Description: Processor w/Integral Module Interface & Integral Dimmer Interface

Qty: 3
Manufacturer: Lutron
Model#: HWI-MI-120
Product Description: Centralized Lighting System Module Interface Processors

Qty: 18
Manufacturer: Lutron
Model#: HW-RPM-4U-120
Product Description: 4 Circuit Dimmer & Switching Modules (providing centralized switching)

Qty: 4
Manufacturer: Lutron
Model#: HW-RPM-4R
Product Description: 4 Circuit Motor Modules (non-dim only)

Qty: 5
Manufacturer: Lutron
Model#: HWI-WLB
Product Description: Wire Landing Boards

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Lutron
Model#: HWI-PS
Product Description: Keypad System Power Supply

Qty: 4
Manufacturer: Lutron
Model#: NGRX-PB
Product Description: 2000 Watt/VA Remote Dimmer Module

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Lutron
Model#: HWI-CCI-8
Product Description: Centralized Lighting System Contact Closure Input Interface

Qty: 28
Manufacturer: Lutron
Model#: HWD-10D
Product Description: 1000 Watt Programmable Touch Switch Dimmers

Qty: 12
Manufacturer: Lutron
Model#: HWD-8ANS
Product Description: 8 AMO Neutral Wire Switches

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Lutron
Model#: HD-RS
Product Description: Companion Remote Switches

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Lutron
Model#: HD-RD
Product Description: Companion Remote Dimmers

Qty: 54
Manufacturer: Lutron
Model#: SC-1
Product Description: Single Gang Cover Plate

Qty: 7
Manufacturer: Lutron
Model#: SC-2
Product Description: 2 Gang cover Plate

Qty: 5
Manufacturer: Lutron
Model#: SC-3
Product Description: 3 Gang Cover Plate

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Lutron
Model#: SC-4
Product Description: 4 Gang Cover Plate

Qty: 34
Manufacturer: Lutron
Model#: STWD-6BRL
Product Description: 6-Button Lighting Keypads w/ Raise/Lower Buttons

Qty: 34
Manufacturer: Lutron
Model#: SKD-6BRL
Product Description: 6-Button Engraved Button Kit

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Middle Atlantic
Model#: Slim-5-37
Product Description: Pre-assembled 37 Space Rack

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Middle Atlantic
Model#: SP-5-37
Product Description: Side Panels for Slim-5-37

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Middle Atlantic
Model#: CBS-5
Product Description: Castor Base for Slim-5-37

Qty: 8
Manufacturer: Middle Atlantic
Model#: EVT-1
Product Description: 1 Space Vent Panel

Qty: 6
Manufacturer: Middle Atlantic
Model#: EVT-2
Product Description: 2 Space Vent Panel

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Middle Atlantic
Model#: D3
Product Description: 3 Space Storage Drawer

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Middle Atlantic
Model#: D2
Product Description: 2 Space Storage Drawer

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Middle Atlantic
Model#: C2N-RMAK
Product Description: Rack Shelf for Crestron C2N-SPWS-300

Qty: 3
Manufacturer: Niles
Model#: MS200
Product Description: IR Sensor

Qty: 3
Manufacturer: OnQ
Model#: H4-363476A01
Product Description: 42″ Structured Wire Enclosure

Qty: 4
Manufacturer: OnQ
Model#: H4-363486A01
Product Description: 8-Port Ethernet Patch Block

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Model#: KX-TDA50
Product Description: Hybrid IP PBX Telephone System Control Unit

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Model#: KX-TDA5193
Product Description: 4-Port Caller ID Card

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Model#: KX-TDA5161
Product Description: 4-Port Door Phone/Door Opener Card

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Model#: KX-TDA5172
Product Description: 8-Port Digital Line Card

Qty: 5
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Model#: KX-TDA0141
Product Description: 2-Channel Cell Stations

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Model#: KX-T30865
Product Description: Door Intercom Panel

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Model#: KX-T7633
Product Description: Digital Key Telephone Set w/3-Line Backlit LCD Display

Qty: 10
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Model#: KX-TD7680
Product Description: 2.4 GHz Multi-Line Cordless System Telephone w/Display & Speaker Phone

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Panamax
Model#: MAX-1500UPS
Product Description: Uninterruptible Power Supply w/Battery Back-up

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Panamax
Model#: MOD-AT8110
Product Description: Telephone System Power Protection Module for 8 Analog Phone Lines

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Panamax
Model#: MOD-AT4
Product Description: Telephone System Surge Suppressor for Protection from Incoming Telephone Lines

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Pioneer Elite
Model#: Pro-1450HD
Product Description: 60″ HDTV Plasma Television

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Pioneer
Model#: PDP-4270HD
Product Description: 42″ HDTV Plasma Television

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Sharp
Model#: LC-20S5US
Product Description: 20″ LCD Television

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Sharp
Model#: LC-37D43U
Product Description: 34″ HDTV LCD Television

Qty: 20
Manufacturer: Sonance
Model#: Symphony S623TR
Product Description: 2-Way Round Flush Mounted Speaker Systems

Qty: 7
Manufacturer: Sonance
Model#: Symphony S623T
Product Description: 2-Way Flush Mounted Speaker Systems

Qty: 3
Manufacturer: Sonance
Model#: Cinema Select LCR
Product Description: THX Select In-Wall, A/V Speaker Systems

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Sonance
Model#: Symphony S623T
Product Description: 2-Way Flush Mounted Speaker Systems

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Sonance
Model#: Symphony 623 SSTR
Product Description: 2-Way, Dual Tweeter Flush Mounted Round Speaker System w/Mono Summing Inputs

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Sonance
Model#: AS-2
Product Description: Automatic Speaker Switching System

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Sonance
Model#: VC60S
Product Description: Slide Area Volume Control w/Speaker Cut-Off

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Sony
Model#: CDP-CE375
Product Description: 5 Disc Carousel Compact Disc Player

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Sony
Model#: SLV-D380P
Product Description: DVD/VHS Recorder Combo

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Universal Remote Control
Model#: MX-3000
Product Description: Color Wireless Touchscreen Control Center

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Universal Remote Control
Model#: MRF-300
Product Description: Multi-Zone RF Receiver

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Velodyne
Model#: SPL-800R
Product Description: 8″ Forward Firing Woofer w/1000 Watt Amplifier

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Viking
Model#: DLE200B
Product Description: Ring Down Generator (required to activate phone chime when Cartel is tripped)

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Viking
Model#: DV A-300 3
Product Description: Voice annunciation system providing recordable announcements through the phone system when selected motion sensors are tripped

TIME AND EXPERTISE:

Client Interviews: 6

Electronic Design and Engineering: 20

Proposal and System Documentation Preparation: 16

Project Management: 32

Pre-wire/Rough-in: 0

Trim-out: 72

Shop Time for Racking and Testing: 10

Programming: 80

Final Installation and Calibration: 120

Client Instruction: 4

Interior Design and/or Architecture by your Company: 0

Interior Design and/or Architecture by Others: 0

Project Management by Others: 0

Other time: 0
Describe Task:

Total Hours to Complete: 360

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