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Project Categories

Custom Home of the Year

The entry should show how the product selection, hardware, and system programming solved problems, improved lifestyle and/or delivered a user‐friendly experience in either a new construction or a retrofit project.

Health and Wellness Project of the Year

This award acknowledges a home that best uses technology to facilitate the health and/or special needs of customers. The winning entry should epitomize Universal Design by fulfilling specific current or future needs of the homeowner, such as aging in place, an adaptable living environment, simple and flexible user interface solutions, communication of critical user information, low (or high) demand for physical effort, and a high tolerance for the users capabilities. This project may also highlight technology solutions that anticipate evolving needs of the homeowner as the user's abilities, needs and desires change over time.

Home Theater/Media Room Project of the Year

This award recognizes the best designed and installed dedicated entertainment system, including video display, surround sound, multiple sources and control. The winning entry should demonstrate ease of use, integration with the room's environmental systems (lighting, window coverings and temperature) and/or other house systems (security, cameras, access control, distributed audio/video, etc.).

Specialty Project of the Year  

This award recognizes an integrator’s creativity and innovative use of technology to achieve a specific application. The winning entry should provide a solution that best demonstrates a unique application of technology for an unusual challenge. The entry can include sustainable/green energy projects, as well as emerging technologies, including virtual reality / augmented reality, voice control, or advanced systems in audio (i.e., listening technology), video, or security camera technology (i.e., facial recognition, thermal imaging).

Lighting Control Project of the Year

This award recognizes the best residential lighting control and/or automated shade/drapery project. The winning solution should provide tangible benefits to the homeowner, including ease of use, convenience, integration capabilities and energy savings. Projects may include the use of distributed wireless products, hardwired or wireless lighting control products or systems, automated shading/drapery systems, scene control devices, and unique controlling techniques.

Smart Home Office Project of the Year 

This award recognizes an integration project in a home office space. The installation can include, but not be limited to, features such as network backbone and cybersecurity, teleconferencing audio microphones and headsets, teleconferencing camera, acoustical treatments, lighting, monitors or displays, unified communication/collaboration gear, interfaces, ergonomic seating and furniture.  


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