Green Life Smart Life Home Names Tech Partners

Control4, NuVo, Lutron, Leviton, Black & Decker, H-P Products, OmniMount and Niveus provide green products for the showcase home.

Jason Knott · August 31, 2009

The Green Life Smart Life sustainable showcase home in Narragansett, R.I. has named the technology partners who will assist in creating the path to LEED-H Innovation and Design points in the categories of Energy Management, Energy Monitoring and Green Wiring.

With energy efficiency as the foundation to the selection process, every electronic device was reviewed in the following terms before being approved by the integration and design team:

  • Annual wattage
  • Load requirements
  • Integration with other subsystems

The home has been structurally wired for whole-house video, music, lighting, security and Internet, using 50 percent less wire and materials than a project of comparable size.

The technology partners include:

Control4: provided an overall home control, energy management and entertainment solution, consolidating lighting, HVAC, security and climate control. The system is connected to the utility meter using ZigBee, and will feature load shedding, single-button trigger solutions, communications and sensors for occupancy and temperature.

Lutron: integral in minimizing the home’s energy consumption, Lutron’s HomeWorks lighting control system will be programmed to include a high-end trim of 85 percent for every connected light in the house and features automatic control of motion and occupancy sensors.

Niveus Media: from music to movies and pictures to TV programming, the home will include an n9 Media Center server.

NuVo: whole-home audio will be managed by the Essentia E6G, which is the first and only whole home audio system to earn an Energy Star rating.

Black & Decker: automated locks will be located throughout for complete protection of the home.

OmniMount: the three flat-panel TVs in the house will be affixed to the wall with the OmniLite Series mounts, which are made from recycled materials.

Leviton: the home uses Leviton’s structured wiring to meet the standards of the CEA TechHome Rating System.

H-P Products’ VACUFLO: to help earn LEED points for Indoor Air Quality, the home with have a H-P Products VACUFLO system with Hide-A-Hose.

Robert Saglio Audio Video is the integration company on the job.

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  About the Author

Jason has covered low-voltage electronics as an editor since 1990. He joined EH Publishing in 2000, and before that served as publisher and editor of Security Sales, a leading magazine for the security industry. He served as chairman of the Security Industry Association’s Education Committee from 2000-2004 and sat on the board of that association from 1998-2002. He is also a former board member of the Alarm Industry Research and Educational Foundation. He is currently a member of the CEDIA Education Action Team for Electronic Systems Business. Jason graduated from the University of Southern California. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Jason at

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