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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 VI: $800,000 – $2 million

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Date design began: 02-14-06
Date installation was completed: 02-28-08

FEATURE ESSAY

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

The client required exceptionally high performance systems fully integrated throughout the house. The project design requirements included “green? building concepts, which needed to be reflected in the performance and interface control requirements for the low-voltage systems as well. Sub-system interface control included HVAC/energy management, lighting, shades, pool, computer networks, security system, and a Kaleidescape media server. The low-voltage system scope included 26 zones of audio with eight local inputs, 22 zones of HD video including five surround zones and a theater, 49 interior occupancy sensors for lighting control, and 24 interior and exterior security camera locations. The key technical challenge for the project was to develop a control system that enabled each touchpanel to control all functions in any room with access to all sources including local inputs throughout the house.

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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.

The initial architectural plans had not adequately anticipated the space requirements for the low-voltage systems so early in the construction process we identified a central mechanical space for the A/V and systems control room. All system equipment was located in this space including the computer and telephone network racks, A/V equipment, and security systems. What appeared at the outset to be a generous allocation of space quickly began to shrink as the room filled with the over 200,000 lineal feet of wire required for the project, including 15,000’ of fiber optic cable for future network distribution. Development of the system engineering indicated the need for five 90? high A/V equipment racks and two network distribution racks with front and rear access. Additionally, eight recessed panels were included to house the distribution for cable TV, lighting control including motorized shades and motion sensors, and the security system. The control system is Crestron based and includes three in-wall touchpanels, 12 wireless touchpanels, and 26 audio keypads. The main system rack includes a 17? touch monitor, which also functions as the display for the computers, which maintain the systems software.

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

A key requirement and additional challenge was to have all the A/V systems fully functional at move-in. While this is a typical ambition for most clients it is frequently impossible to deliver and always conflicted by the general contractor’s concurrent focus on completing his work. Although the GC would be keeping the dust flying right up to move-in we were determined to environmentally isolate the A/V control room from the rest of the project. We specified a dedicated HVAC unit for the control room allowing us to positively pressurize the room minimizing the impact of ongoing construction work. While we would typically pre-fabricate much of the equipment rack assemblies in the shop, the dedicated and isolated room enabled us to build and populate the racks onsite and to begin this work well before the scheduled move-in date.

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

a. Occupancy Sensors – Responding to the “green? intent of the project and the client’s constant refrain of “nobody else turns off the lights? wasteful use of energy is minimized with the incorporation of intelligent occupancy sensors.

b. Touchpanels – All touchpanels are programmed to operate the A/V systems, etc. in any room in the house with access to all sources, both local and centrally located in the control room.

c. Security Cameras – CCTV cameras provide full interior and exterior coverage of the house and property with a display continually showing the camera last sensing motion.

d. Kaleidescape Media Server – This most used source has already had a capacity upgrade.

e. Security – Touchpanels display shows the status of every security sensor, doors, windows, glass breaks, etc. at a glance.

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EQUIPMENT LIST:

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: ADA
Model#: DUOTUNERHD
Product Description: Tuner w/ 2 XM or HD Cards

Qty: 5
Manufacturer: ADA
Model#: ISOCATII
Product Description: RS-232 Converter

Qty: 14
Manufacturer: Universal Remote
Model#: MX950
Product Description: Programmable Remote Control

Qty: 4
Manufacturer: ADA
Model#: SUITE 7.1R
Product Description: Home Theater Pre-Amp (Rack Mount)

Qty: 3
Manufacturer: ADA
Model#: PTM1260
Product Description: Multi-Channel Amp (135 W, 12 Ch)

Qty: 3
Manufacturer: ADA
Model#: PTM-850
Product Description: Multi-Channel Amp (85 watts x 8 Ch)

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Apple
Model#: CINEMA
Product Description: 20

Qty: 6
Manufacturer: Audio Authority
Model#: 1362
Product Description: Converter

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: AutoPatch
Model#: P343208110
Product Description: Composite Video Matrix 32×8

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: AutoPatch
Model#: P343232110
Product Description: Composite Video Matrix 32×32

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: AutoPatch
Model#: P343232340
Product Description: Component Video Matrix 32×32

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: AutoPatch
Model#: P434864002
Product Description: Stereo Audio Matrix 48×64

Qty: 4
Manufacturer: Axis
Model#: 241Q
Product Description: Video Server

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Building Infrastructure Group
Model#: Copper Termination
Product Description: Copper & Fiber Termination

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Bay Audio
Model#: CUBE
Product Description: Bookshelf Speakers

Qty: 4
Manufacturer: Bay Audio
Model#: MINICUBE
Product Description: Bookshelf Speakers

Qty: 5
Manufacturer: Chief
Model#: PNR
Product Description: Panel Swing Arm Mount

Qty: 27
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: C2NDBF12
Product Description: 12-Button Decora Style Audio Keypad

Qty: 7
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: C2N-HBLOCK
Product Description: C2N Distribution Box

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: C2NTAMWX
Product Description: AM/Weather Radio Tuner

Qty: 3
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: C2NTXM
Product Description: XM Satellite Tuner

Qty: 16
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: CNRFGWA418
Product Description: RF Gateway 418 MHz

Qty: 3
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: CNX-PAD8A
Product Description: 8 Source/Zone Processor

Qty: 4
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: MC2E
Product Description: Control System Processor w/Ethernet

Qty: 14
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: QMRMC
Product Description: Network Control Processor

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: RACK2
Product Description: Control Processor

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: TPMC8L
Product Description: 8.4

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: TPMC8T
Product Description: 8.4

Qty: 11
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: TPMC8X
Product Description: 8.4

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: TPS6L
Product Description: 5.7

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: TPSGATPI
Product Description: G Series Touchpanel Interface

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: WPR48
Product Description: Waterproof 1-Way Remote

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: DBX
Model#: 1260
Product Description: Pro EQ

Qty: 3
Manufacturer: Dedicated Micros
Model#: DS2PD16500GB
Product Description: Digital Video Recorder

Qty: 4
Manufacturer: Denon
Model#: DVD1940CI
Product Description: DVD Player

Qty: 8
Manufacturer: DVDO
Model#: iSCANVP30
Product Description: High-Resolution Video Processor

Qty: 3
Manufacturer: DVDO
Model#: iSCANVP50
Product Description: High-Resolution Video Processor

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Extron
Model#: PIP444
Product Description: PIP Processor (60-606-01)

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Furman
Model#: ELITE15I
Product Description: Power Conditioner

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: LG
Model#: 20LS7D
Product Description: 20

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: LG
Model#: 26LC7D
Product Description: 26

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Lutron
Model#: H8P5120
Product Description: System Processor

Qty: 8
Manufacturer: Lutron
Model#: HRREP120
Product Description: Wireless Repeater

Qty: 18
Manufacturer: Lutron
Model#: HWI-2B-BE-ENGR
Product Description: 2-Button Multi-Function Keypad

Qty: 3
Manufacturer: Lutron
Model#: HWI-2B-WH
Product Description: 2-Button Keypad

Qty: 22
Manufacturer: Lutron
Model#: HWI-KP10
Product Description: Architectural Style 10-Button Keypad

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Lutron
Model#: HWIKP15BE
Product Description: 15-Button Keypad

Qty: 89
Manufacturer: Lutron
Model#: HWI-KP5-BE-ENGR
Product Description: Architectural Style 5-Button Keypad

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Lutron
Model#: HWIQ96
Product Description: SIVOIA QED Shade Interface

Qty: 72
Manufacturer: Lutron
Model#: HWI-RPM-4U-120
Product Description: Dimming Module

Qty: 24
Manufacturer: Lutron
Model#: HWRPM4A120
Product Description: Adaptive Dimming Module

Qty: 17
Manufacturer: Lutron
Model#: LOSCDT1000RWH
Product Description: Occupancy Sensor

Qty: 32
Manufacturer: Lutron
Model#: LOSCDT2000RWH
Product Description: Occupancy Sensor

Qty: 3
Manufacturer: Lutron
Model#: NGRX-PB-WH
Product Description: Homeworks 2000W Power Booster

Qty: 4
Manufacturer: Lutron
Model#: SVQ10PNL
Product Description: Window Shade Transformer

Qty: 33
Manufacturer: Lutron
Model#: SVQ64
Product Description: Electric Shades

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Weather Hawk
Model#: 511
Product Description: RS-232 Weather Station

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Wohler
Model#: AMP1A
Product Description: Analog Self-Powered Speaker System

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Yamaha
Model#: TX497
Product Description: AM/FM Tuner

Qty: 6
Manufacturer: Middle Atlantic
Model#: 543
Product Description: Equipment Rack

Qty: 18
Manufacturer: Middle Atlantic
Model#: RSH4S
Product Description: Custom Rack Shelf, Textured

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Middle Atlantic
Model#: SAX
Product Description: Equipment Access System

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Inca
Model#: CSTM
Product Description: Subcompact Plasma Line Lift

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Integra
Model#: CDC34
Product Description: 6-Disc CD Changer

Qty: 4
Manufacturer: James Loudspeaker
Model#: 1000PP
Product Description: Flush Mount Subwoofer

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: James Loudspeaker
Model#: 1000PPT
Product Description: In-Wall Power-Pipe Sub w/Toe Kick

Qty: 4
Manufacturer: James Loudspeaker
Model#: 101ST70
Product Description: Sub-Terranean Subwoofer

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: James Loudspeaker
Model#: 109GSSUBTER
Product Description: Outdoor Speaker System

Qty: 4
Manufacturer: James Loudspeaker
Model#: 110-SDX
Product Description: Flush Mount Subwoofer

Qty: 5
Manufacturer: James Loudspeaker
Model#: 31CS
Product Description: In-Ceiling Speaker

Qty: 5
Manufacturer: James Loudspeaker
Model#: 31ODS
Product Description: Outdoor Satellite Speaker

Qty: 32
Manufacturer: James Loudspeaker
Model#: 62ASX
Product Description: Architectural Flush Mount Speaker

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: James Loudspeaker
Model#: 62-CS
Product Description: Round Ceiling Speaker

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: James Loudspeaker
Model#: 64CSSDX
Product Description: Dual Monaural Center Channel System

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: James Loudspeaker
Model#: 82-SDX
Product Description: Flush Mount Speaker (2-way)

Qty: 3
Manufacturer: James Loudspeaker
Model#: CUSPP
Product Description: Custom Power Pipe Kit (ea)

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: James Loudspeaker
Model#: MODEL6
Product Description: Subwoofer Amplifier

Qty: 5
Manufacturer: James Loudspeaker
Model#: S62
Product Description: Bookshelf Speaker (ea)

Qty: 3
Manufacturer: James Loudspeaker
Model#: TOEKICK
Product Description: Subwoofer Toe Kick

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: JBL
Model#: Synthesis One Array
Product Description: Home Theater System

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Kaleidescape
Model#: KMUSIC4000
Product Description: Music Player

Qty: 3
Manufacturer: Kaleidescape
Model#: KPLAYER5000
Product Description: CD/DVD Player/Reader

Qty: 13
Manufacturer: Sonance
Model#: SO-S623TR
Product Description: In-Ceiling Speakers

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Stewart Filmscreen
Model#: VTC128SGHRSG3WMAPX
Product Description: Vista Scope Screen Wall

Qty: 13
Manufacturer: Merit
Model#: LILINPIH24
Product Description: Dome Camera

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Samsung
Model#: BDUP5000
Product Description: HD-DVD/Blu-Ray Combo Player

Qty: 21
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Model#: KXT7636B
Product Description: LCD Speaker Phone

Qty: 15
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Model#: KXTD7684
Product Description: Portable Telephone

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Model#: KXTDE100
Product Description: IP-PBX

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Model#: TH42PH10UK
Product Description: 42

Qty: 4
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Model#: TH50PF9UK
Product Description: 50

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Model#: TH65PF9UK
Product Description: 65

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Seura
Model#: CR4944202ENNI
Product Description: Mirror & Television

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Sony
Model#: BDPS300SM
Product Description: Blu-Ray DVD Player

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: PELCO
Model#: ICS110CDV39A
Product Description: Color Camera (Smoked Dome)

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: PELCO
Model#: ICS150CRV39A
Product Description: Color Dome Camera

Qty: 9
Manufacturer: PELCO
Model#: ICS310CRV39A
Product Description: Color Security Camera

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Runco
Model#: CR26HD
Product Description: 26

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Runco
Model#: VX22D
Product Description: 3-Chip DLP Projector (1080p)

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Sony
Model#: SLVD380P
Product Description: DVD/VCR Combo

TIME AND EXPERTISE:

Client Interviews: 160

Electronic Design and Engineering: 1411

Proposal and System Documentation Preparation: 167

Project Management: 1105

Pre-wire/Rough-in: 925

Trim-out: 1135

Shop Time for Racking and Testing: 645

Programming: 525

Final Installation and Calibration: 2600

Client Instruction: 40

Interior Design and/or Architecture by your Company: 250

Interior Design and/or Architecture by Others: 0

Project Management by Others: 0

Other time: 0
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