NAHB, CEDIA might combine industry events

NAHB, CEDIA might combine industry events

INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 24 - The Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association (CEDIA) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) are considering co-locating CEDIA's 2009 Electronic Lifestyles® Forum and NAHB's 2009 Custom Home Builder Symposium/Design Institute November 6 - 8 at the San Diego Hilton in San Diego, Calif.

"The underlying aim of both events is to arm CEDIA and NAHB members with the tools they need to be successful when collaborating with other industry professionals on design-build projects ," said Utz Baldwin, CEDIA chief executive officer. "If we can co-locate these two popular events, we are looking to create solutions together and provide a broader range of resources and expertise that benefit all design and build professionals, not to mention their clients."

CEDIA's Electronic Lifestyles ®Forum is customized to educate electronic systems contractors, architects, builders, interior designers and other design and build professionals on the benefits of working together, creating solutions, and collaborating on custom home designs that include home technology systems. Likewise, NAHB's Custom Builder Symposium/Design Institute concentrates on educating builders and design professionals about the latest market and industry trends. NAHB's meeting also presents business development opportunities for attendees and offers unmatched networking.

"We see this opportunity as a natural progression of the NAHB/CEDIA relationship," said Jerry Howard, NAHB's President and CEO. "Our builder members need and want this interaction with home technology experts. They realize home automation is key in appealing to the next generation of home buyers. It's also gratifying to see our respective groups exploring new areas of cooperation; we hope that will continue in other areas as well," he said.

In 2007, CEDIA and NAHB joined forced to form the NAHB Home Technology Alliance (HTA), an alliance of CEDIA and NAHB members that brings together housing industry professionals to create optimal home experiences powered by technology. The HTA ( works to offer education, information and guidance on technology products, structured wiring and electronic systems integration.

Once CEDIA and NAHB have finalized the arrangements, their respective professional staffs will work together to develop relevant education content and networking events to support the success of their members. The meeting program is slated to include CEDIA's Registered Outreach Instructor session, as well as a host of NAHB-sponsored sessions for custom home builders, designers, and home technology professionals, providing attendees with tools and motivation to run a building business. In addition, there are plans to include design specific educational offerings from the NAHB/BALA Design Institute's curriculum. Once co-location details are established, details will be made available at and Individuals may contact Dave Chic at or Marcia Childs at with questions. Media are encouraged to attend.