“The pace of change has never been this fast, yet it will never be this slow again.” – Justin Trudeau

Every sector of our lives is impacted by the rapid acceleration of technology. Adaptation is more important now than ever! Homes are getting smarter by the day. Have you adapted your interior design and architecture accordingly?

CEDIA – the Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association – is the global trade association and central touch point for more than 3,700 professional companies that design, manufacture, and install technology for the home.

Working closely with interior designers, architects and builders, CEDIA members are renowned for delivering amazingly imaginative and innovative smart home solutions improving the lifestyles of homeowners and their families in some of the finest properties across the Asia Pacific region.

The “best of the best” are celebrated in the annual CEDIA Awards program which recognises the highest standards of craftsmanship, style, and creativity in this field where technology is carefully integrated without compromising on a property’s interior design scheme.

Award-winning Smart Home Technology in Bellevue Hill

In 2018, the Bellevue Hill project from New South Wales-based AVD Australia secured the top prize in the BEST INTEGRATED HOME category where the value of the system designed and installed topped AUD $580,000.

This hidden gem of a home is tucked away in the upper hills of the Eastern Suburbs. Newly designed and built, this three-story family residence combines simplicity with luxury, designed thoughtfully alongside a tennis court, pool, and  beautifully landscaped garden.

The client provided a simple brief, wanting a system that “just worked,” and was “reliable, simple, functional and stable,” while still having “all the bells and whistles.” The challenge for AVD was the enormity of the technical scope and the system requirements across the entire project.

As a standard, AVD ensured all the electronic architecture and components were designed, and integrated into one hidden, temperature-controlled distribution room, as well as seamlessly integrating speakers, lighting, and control panels into the architecture. In building this new home, all the required cabling and equipment was carefully planned at blueprint stage, as well as the control locations designed to work to the greatest effect.

The 2,500 sq. metre residence, including six bedrooms, eight bathrooms, two studies, two wine cellars, a home cinema, gym, swimming pool, tennis court, two garages (one with an automated turn-table), as well as a two-bedroom guest apartment, were all seamlessly integrated using an easy-to-control system.

To tackle the scope, AVD utilised a Savant Control System, which was fully customised with floor plan control. The high level of integration across all floors included security, HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning), CCTV, access control, audio visual, remote access, lighting, and automated features such as blinds.

AVD specially designed a 180-inch anamorphic projection home cinema, with full system control and automated window treatments to ensure the best picture possible.

The Savant control system was utilised throughout the whole property, with both customised fixed and mobile iPads, which were able to control every aspect of the home. In addition, AVD included voice control through the Apple Home pod and set specific scenes so a quick command would control audio, video, lighting and blinds.  But it’s the client testimony that really tells the story.

“We completed our home eight months ago and I can’t speak more highly of the platform AVD created for us. We have a very large home with many elements and our interface is simply fantastic. The systems capabilities are brilliant, but more importantly, they are so user-friendly.”


CEDIA is taking part in Decor + Design in Melbourne for the first time this year and hosting a workshop entitled, SMART HOMES: THE ART OF THE HIDDEN as part of the Australian House & Garden International Seminar Series on Saturday 20th July. View the full program and register for the exhibition and workshop on Day 3 of Australia’s No.1 Interiors Event.

CEDIA also offers a  CPD courses for designers and architects – for further details please click here.

CEDIA is the global trade association and central touch point for 3,700 member companies who design, manufacture, and install technology for the home. CEDIA is committed to helping members at every level set a pathway to prosperity by offering industry-leading education, training, and certification; delivering market intelligence through proprietary research; providing opportunities to foster community within the channel, and cultivating awareness with industry partners and consumers. CEDIA founded the largest annual residential technology show, now in its 28th year, and co-owns Integrated Systems Europe, the world’s largest AV and systems integration exhibition. CEDIA members deliver technology solutions that allow people to have their best moments in life from the comfort of their own home. Life Lived Best at Home. To learn more about CEDIA, visit www.cedia.net.

Original Article by Wendy Griffiths – Vice President Global Development, CEDIA. Edited by Skye Rytenskild.