HDBaseT Video Distribution Among ‘New American Home’ Technical Highlights
Constructed for showcase during the annual International Builders’ Show, this year’s New American Home emphasized A/V distribution and wireless networking along with the usual energy efficiency and architectural elements.
CE Pro Editors · July 30, 2014
Every year the International Builders’ Show features a newly constructed home — the New American Home (TNAH) — that showcases the latest trends and concepts for attendees.
That includes how technology is incorporated seamlessly into homebuilding, which can be particularly appealing to potential buyers when they’re looking at 6,700 square feet of luxury like the home built in Henderson, Nevada, for this past February’s IBS held in Las Vegas.
IBS points out that TNAH presents ideas that don’t need to be limited to homes of that size, either, as the majority of the technology can be applied to scale of residences from large to small.
It’s something builders are still grasping, as the most recent CEA Annual State of the Builder Technology Market Study showed the percentage of builder home technology offerings declined in every category in 2012 compared with 2011 (in structured wiring, home theater, multiroom audio, home automation, etc.).
This year, the 31st for the TNAH showcase, brought a team of trades that together managed to incorporate technology in a solution that both blends with the aesthetics and enhances the livability and sustainability of the gorgeous home.
Photo courtesy Element Building Co.
Among the many involved on the collaboration were builder Element Building Company of Henderson, Nevada; integrator Fuzion 3 of Las Vegas; Jeffrey Berkus Architect of Aspen, Colo.; Marc-Michaels Interior Design of Winter Park, Fla.; and green build consultant and verifier Two Trails of Sarasota, Fla.
“Out the gate, my drive was to create a really warm and inviting home and space, and the thought process there being we have a really contemporary design,” says Element Building owner/president Josh Anderson.
When homebuilder, architect and designer show attendees walked through the finished product, they’ll no doubt be drawn to the minimal way the electronics are presented because that’s how today’s homeowner clientele usually requests it — like the clutter-free wall-mounted TVs, the in-ceiling loudspeakers and the occasional touchpanel instead of “wall acne” you can see throughout in the video tour.
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Of course for integrators who deal with homebuilders, the bright side of this year’s TNAH is all of the behind-the-scenes installation work from project manager Mike Dunakoskie and his Fuzion 3 team that’s also highlighted — including trending technologies such as HDBaseT signal distribution and enterprise-grade networking.
Along with a pair of Onkyo A/V receivers, the equipment rack’s dominant component is a beefy Atlona 16x16 AT-PRO2HD1616M matrix switcher that employs HDBaseT technology for the video distribution to make that nice wall mounting possible.
With Samsung flat panels, a home theater that hits a Screen Innovation screen and the various sources throughout, there was a clear need for managed, robust video switching that can handle full 1080p HD and lossless audio from sources like Blu-ray.
Photo courtesy Element Building Co.
Atlona’s HDBaseT matrix switcher also plays nicely with third-party controllers, which in this case meant working with the Vantage home automation system. That also allows TNAH to showcase mobile control of all those integrated A/V sources and displays as well, through the Vantage mobile app for Apple and Android.
Going hand-in-hand with the ability to wirelessly control all of the wired A/V, however, also meant installing a surefire network that could handle everything — and demonstrate to builders its importance.
As noted in the TNAH program guide for attendees, “One of the most important elements of the modern connected home is the strength of the wireless network. Fuzion3 has worked closely with Pakedge and Channel Vision on the design and testing of the network to ensure wall-to-wall coverage, as well as coverage in the front and back yards.”
The Pakedge (wireless networking) and Channel Vision (networking, surveillance and structured wiring) gear is on display next to the OmniMount equipment rack in what TNAH notes is a dedicated technology room that allows customers to get a close look at the technology that’s driving the A/V and wireless product coverage.
Other technology in the home — also a green home built for LEED platinum status — includes Monitor Audio speakers, Ice wire and cabling, an Inca TV lift, Baldwin entry system, Doors in Motion automated pocket doors, Milbank energy management, and Vantage multiroom audio and lighting control.
Check out more photos of the New American Home here.
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