Group Provides Expertise on Home Electronics Options
A new subcommittee, the Home Electronics Working Group, has been established by the National Council of the Housing Industry — the Supplier 100 of NAHB to keep builders updated on the latest trends and innovations on the home technology front.
The group, consisting of NCHI member companies, conducted its first home technology forum last month during the International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Fla.
“Having this forum at an international event such as IBS gives many home builders the opportunity to talk about their home technology needs with manufacturers from the consumer electronics industry,” said Kevin Kelly, vice president of Builder AV and co-founder of the Home Electronics Working Group.
The forum featured a panel of custom, small volume and production builders from around North America who discussed such topics as how to effectively boost awareness of consumer electronics, and how builders can encourage the adoption of consumer electronics as standard options in their homes, as well as create and design model home programs.
The panel was moderated by Lee Odess, a liaison for the Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association's Home Builder Outreach and Education Board.
There will be many subsequent discussions “as we develop a single message for consumer electronics where builders can feel comfortable about their options,” said Odess, who is a co-founder of the Home Electronics Working Group.
The mission of the working group is to increase awareness of home technologies within the residential construction industry. Through conferences, local training and forums, the group plans to educate builders and elevate the standard level of technology in the homes that are being built today.
The Home Electronics Working Group is open to all NAHB and NCHI members in the building, remodeling, manufacturing and design industries. To learn how to become a member of NCHI and the Home Electronics Working Group, e-mail Barbara McMurray at NAHB, or call her at 800-368-5242 x8243.
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