2009 Innovative Housing Technology Awards Revealed

IHTAs honor the most innovative products, builders and CE pros serving the homebuilding industry.

CE Pro Editors · June 1, 2009

Long before then presidential candidate Barack Obama said, “It’s time to recapture the spirit of innovation that has always fueled America’s economic success,” the Innovative Housing Technology Award (IHTA) program was created.

Now in its ninth year, the award program—owned by CE Pro, TecHome Builder and Electronic House—honors the most innovative products, builders and CE pros serving the homebuilding industry. The awards are presented every June in conjunction with the Pacific Coast Builders Conference in San Francisco.

A panel of tech building industry experts and journalists evaluated the 2009 finalists and made the tough choices. The winners represent best practices by CE pros, builders, home technology makers and IT innovators.

Check out the 2009 IHTA class, which (paraphrasing Obama) capture the spirit of innovation. (View the slideshow here.)


Integrator Excellence

Northeast Winner
Overall Integrator Category Winner
Audio Video Design, New England Seaside Home

Midwest Winner
Premovation A/V, Custom Theater

West Winner
Room Service Home Theater, Street of Dreams 2008

South Winner
Advanced Technologies, Blair House

Cobalt Automation, Electra Lake Residence

Audio Video Design, Coastal Estate


Integrated Excellence

Blair Construction Company, Blair House Custom Home

Information Technology Products

Front Office: Sales and Marketing

Constellation HomeBuilder System, Ownership Guide (MSRP: $10–$50)

Constellation HomeBuilder System, Constellation Sales 3.8 (MSRP: $199 per unit)

Integrated Excellence: Back Office

Overall Information Technology Products Category Winner
ProEst Estimating, Takeoff 2009 (MSRP: $1,995)

Integrated Excellence: Field Operations

Exaktime, FastTrakker (MSRP: $129.95)



Sharp, SuperSteam Oven (MSRP: $999)

Broan-NuTone, Broan Elite XE Trash Compactor (MSRP: TBA)

LG, LG SteamDishwasher (MSRP: $1,399)

Integrated Home Control and Networking

Overall Home Technology Category Winner
Control4, Home Controller HC-200 (MSRP: $499)

On-Q/Legrand, LCD Console (MSRP: $607)

Crestron, DM-MD8x8 (MSRP: $4,300)

HAI, Automation Studio (MSRP: $299)

Savant Systems, Rosie Home Automation Application (MSRP: $199)

Lighting Control/Shade Control

Winner (Tie)
Lutron, RadioRA-SR (MSRP: varies)

Winner (Tie)
Crestron, IPAC-GL1 (MSRP: $1,300)

Cooper Wiring Devices, Aspire RF Lighting Control System (MSRP: varies)

Media Center/Server

Crestron, iServer (MSRP: $1,300)

Cisco, Linksys by Cisco Media Hub (MSRP: $349)

Meridian Sooloos, Meridian Sooloos Ensemble System (MSRP from $9,000)

Kaleidescape, Kaleidescape Mini System (MSRP: $7,995)

Home Theater

Epson America, Ensemble HD Home Cinema System (MSRP: $6,999)

Optoma, HD8200 Home Theater Projector (MSRP: $4,999)

Paradigm, RVC-12SQ In-wall Subwoofer (MSRP: $699, X-850 amplifier $209)

Cool Components, Return Vent System (MSRP: $240)

PowerBridge, Power Bridge Total Solution (MSRP: $119)

RTI, T3-V Universal Controller (MSRP: $1,199)

Chief Manufacturing, LTTU (MSRP: $299)

Chief Manufacturing, LTMU (MSRP: $279)

Crestron, AMS-AIP (MSRP: $11,000)

PPC, PPC Locking HDMI Cable (MSRP: $48 to $72)

Savant Systems, Rosie System 2 (MSRP: $12,000)

LG, 47LH55 47-inch LCD (MSRP: $2,099)

LG, 50PS80 50-inch Plasma (MSRP: $2,099)

Meridian Sooloos, Meridian 810 Reference Video System (MSRP: $185,000)

OmniMount, MotionPicture Series Power55 (MSRP: $599)

Pioneer, Elite S-IC871A 8-inch In-Ceiling CST Speaker (MSRP: $549 each)

Vutec, ArtScreen Studio Series (MSRP from $995)

Inca, Flatscreen TV Glider System (MSRP: $4,635)

Inca, Flatscreen Wall Mounted Pullout and Swivel System (MSRP: $3,904)

Multiroom Audio/Video

Linear Home Technology Group, DIGI-5 (MSRP: $1,599)

Vantage Controls Inc., Digital Music Manager (MSRP: $6,400)

RTI, U2 Weather Resistant Control (MSRP: $499)

RTcom USA Inc., HS-88M (MSRP: $7,499)

ZeeVee Inc., ZvPro 250 (MSRP: $2,499)

Sony, HomeShare HD (MSRP: N/A)

Cooper Wiring Devices, MediaSync (MSRP: $4–$84)

Crestron, AMS (MSRP: $9,000)

Savant Systems, ROSIE System 12 (MSRP: $14,000)

Kaleidescape, 1080p Mini Player (MSRP: $1,995)

Security and Safety

Schlage, LiNK (MSRP: $299)

On-Q/Legrand, Camera System (MSRP: $379)

Honeywell, 5870 Asset Protection Indoor (MSRP: $80)

Kwikset, SmartCode Signature Series (MSRP: $114.99–$129)

Home Automation Inc. (HAI), OmniPro II with Access Control (MSRP: $1,500)

AVerMedia Information Inc., EH5116 Pro (MSRP: $1,799)

Advanced Electrical

Winner (Tie)
Crestron, CEN-UPS1250 (MSRP: $2,100)

Winner (Tie)
Exact Power, PowerCore System (MSRP: $12,000)

Energy Efficiency

Lutron Electronics, Maestro Eco-Dim (MSRP: $46)

Vantage Controls, Energy Management Solution (MSRP: $2,800)

TrickleStar, TV TrickleSaver (MSRP: $34.95)

Click here to view descriptions and photos of the awards.

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