CEDIA, NAHB Form The Home Technology Alliance
Baldwin said the alliance will provide “valuable tools” to builders, although the organizations don’t have anything tangible to discuss at this point.
The alliance hopes to see builders and electronics installers jointly develop technology packages that would make their relationships “more effective and more profitable.” Baldwin said another goal of the program is to bring electronic systems contractors into building projects earlier -- “two to three months before it goes out to bid,” he said. NAHB’s Robson agreed that more proactive relationships are crucial; he said the biggest communication problem between builders and electronics professionals is “not getting involved early enough in the process.”
Added Robson, “This partnership takes us to the next level. We’re going to be able to provide our customers -- the home buyers -- what they want.” Robson said the alliance will likely improve a situation in which technology remains, for too many builders, “an afterthought.”