The home automation industry’s only certification body, CEDIA, has launched a new professional development course for architects and building designers, designed to train them to be in the best position to meet the needs of their customers when it comes to smart home technology and lifestyle. Architects who complete the course also receive a formal CPD point.
CEDIA’s independent regional development consultant for Australia and New Zealand, Paul Skelton, explained, “Members of the design and build community are more frequently asked about smart home technology than ever before. . Basically, this new CPD presentation was designed to educate architects and building designers regarding smart home technology. It covers exactly what you can automate in a home, including blinds, lighting, entertainment, HVAC and security, why and when you need an integrator, and how you work with an integrator. It also gives architects one of the valuable 12 CPD points they must earn each year upon completion.
Members of the design and build community don’t need to bother to learn how the technology works, but they do need to know who to call when the situation arises. This, combined with the fact that more and more homeowners expect smart home technology to be integrated into their homes, means that this technology has gone from a “nice to have” to an absolute necessity.
Skelton says, “Take the recent lockdowns as an example. As more and more people work from home, bulletproof networks are becoming a priority. Integrators are the people to call to make sure your client’s home is running as it should. This new course connects the dots between all the critical parties involved in achieving this goal. »
Architects who complete this course will come away with an understanding that smart home technology need not be intimidating and that if working with a qualified professional integrator, the technology need not have a negative impact on their design.
“They will also receive advice on how to find a qualified integrator and helpful tips on how to vet an integrator to ensure they are capable and competent partners. Where this course is different is that it deals with something completely different from other CPD presentations – it’s not about the National Building Code, paint, concrete, bricks or OSH. The technologies covered in this presentation are top of mind for many owners, helping architects work with integrators faster and more efficiently. »
CEDIA’s new CPD presentation for architects has been developed specifically for Australian design sensibilities by Skelton and a group of top-tier smart home professionals who work with all types of architects and building designers to bring highlight what is possible in the local market.
For more information on CEDIA’s new professional development course for architects in Australia and New Zealand, go to https://cedia.net/resources/design-build-pros/coi