Calgary Homeowner Adds Elan Automation After Devastating Flood

This homeowner assessed his home’s extreme water damage and chose to rebuild, turning a bout of bad luck into a brand new automation system controlled by Elan.


The 2013 Alberta flood was a catastrophic event, causing more than $5 billion worth of damage to the region; many say that it was the worst flood in Alberta’s history.

The incident left countless homes devastated. After one Calgary resident assessed his home’s extreme water damage, he chose to rebuild, turning to local technology integration firm K&M Systems to reconstruct his home automation system around a new Elan controller.

Opening Up Walls and Rewiring

“When we first installed the A/V system in 2012, prior to the flood, it was a complete retrofit from top to bottom,” says Mike Auld, owner of K&M Systems. “After the flooding, we were able to open up the walls, so it was almost an easier installation. We needed to install a completely new system, and decided to upgrade the home to an Elan gMV1616 Ultramatrix Switcher with an ELAN gSC10 system controller.”

Completely rewiring the basement and first floor of the home, Auld built and installed an advanced security system that goes far beyond monitoring door and window locks.

“Because this home was flooded, we automated the water valves,” Auld says. “Now, if the water or irrigation alarm goes off, it automatically shuts the water off in the house.”

Leak Detection in Overdrive

Auld continues, “I’ve had a few properties now where a pipe has burst, so we integrate a lot of water monitoring devices into our projects. For me, alarms are not just about notifying you that someone broke your window, but also revolve around pipes leaking, smoke detectors, gas leaks and all of that. I’ve had a few properties where we’ve had a water detector triggered, and the valve shut off, therefore saving the home from major damages.”

To further protect the home’s system, Auld installed Panamax MB1500 Uninterruptible Power Supplies and connected all of the smart devices and systems to them. The full system includes a 47-zone alarm system, 16 zones of audio, 10 zones of video, two forced air zones and six zones of radiant heat, a Centralite lighting system with more than 80 switches, and 11 zones of irrigation control all integrated through ELAN home automation system.


Go Inside This Beautiful Reconstructed Home

Although the automation system is robust, the Elan Ultramatrix Switcher simplified the connection between each system, increasing flexibility and shortening the installation process for Auld and his team.

For media and entertainment, K&M Systems decked out a media room with Sunfire CRS3 Cinema Ribbon Trio speakers and Sunfire Subrosa subwoofers surrounding a 65-inch TV for an immersive viewing experience. K&M Systems also installed a 103-inch screen into the movie room, offering a comfortable oasis to watch TV shows and movies connected through the Elan system.

To operate each space, the homeowner can simply use the Elan remote controls, in-wall touchpanels, or the Elan Mobile App on a smartphone or tablet.

“The owner has two sons and a daughter under 12 years old,” Auld explains. “They can all use the technology and the Elan system quite proficiently without any explanation; they just picked it on their own.”

Furthermore, K&M Systems has outfitted two vacation homes for the family with similar Elan entertainment and control systems. Through the Elan Mobile App, the homeowner can check on and monitor each home remotely. Additionally, if the homeowner has guests visiting his other properties, he can unlock the doors remotely with just a push of a button. Taking remote monitoring even further, Auld and his team are currently upgrading keypads and touchpanels in the home to begin installing the new Elan Intercom.

The family is so impressed with Elan and K&M Systems’ advanced design and integration, they asked Auld and his team to outfit their fourth home in Canmore, Alberta, with a similar system.

About the Author

Lisa Montgomery:

Lisa Montgomery has been a member of the CE Pro and Electronic House editorial teams for nearly 20 years; most of that time as the Editor of Electronic House. With a knack for explaining complex high-tech topics in terms that average consumers can understand, her style of writing resonates with people who are interested in adding electronic systems to their homes, but are unsure of the steps involved and the solutions available. From basic lighting control systems to full-blown automation systems, Lisa understands the home electronics market well, and is able to point consumers in the right direction on their quest for a smarter, more convenient, efficient and enjoyable home.

Over the years, she has developed close relationships with key manufacturers and seasoned custom electronics professionals, giving her a keen sense of what home technologies are hot now and what is on the horizon. She shares this wisdom regularly through feature stories, product roundups, case studies technology spotlights and comprehensive guides and books.