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AWARD-WINNING HOMEBUILDERS USE ELAN g! TO CAPITALIZE ON HOUSING MARKET RECOVERY

Forward-thinking homebuilders are making the ELAN g! Entertainment and Control System the foundation of new home sales.

DENVER, COLORADO – September 4, 2013 — Consumer confidence is high, new home sales surged 8.3 percent in May and new home prices have climbed month over month in 2013, so it’s clear the housing market is recovering. Builders need to find ways to stand out and capitalize on this market growth, and one way to do so is to offer things that others don’t even consider, like total home control. Award-winning builders Jim Blansfield of Danbury, Connecticut-based Blansfield Builders, Inc. and Josh Wynne of Sarasota, Florida-based Josh Wynne Construction have both partnered with local integrators and found huge success using the ELAN® g! Entertainment and Control Systems to help close new home sales.

“I’m a believer in ‘the new normal’ way of thinking,” Blansfield said, “and with the affordable and expandable control solutions made possible by ELAN g!, home control is the new normal! In the past two years, I’ve closed several new homes by demoing the g! system for prospective clients. I have a g! system in my own home, so I’m the first person to say how easy it is to use, and my clients are consistently impressed that I include technology in my designs and recommendations, because many other builders minimize the importance of home technologies.”

Since partnering with the Danbury integration firm Structured Home Solutions, Blansfield has built 13 homes that include ELAN g! systems of varying size and complexity. Whether the new buyers were looking for enhanced security, HVAC scheduling, lighting, irrigation and pool controls, or super simple whole-home audio and video systems, every client received a custom solution tailored to their specific needs. From a business perspective, Blansfield knows that his knowledge, appreciation and passion for technology place him in an entirely different category from other builders.

“Any builders who resist change and aren’t prepared to talk to clients about integrated home control solutions will hurt themselves in the long run,” he said. “I even push remodel clients to install the ELAN g! system because it adds so much value to the home, and brings it into the 21st century more so than new countertops or an updated bathroom could ever do.”

Josh Wynne has had similar success integrating advanced home technologies with the ELAN g! system, and has teamed up with Sarasota integrator SmartHouse Integration to offer his new clients the best that modern home technology has to offer. Wynne is building four new LEED Platinum certified homes in 2013, each featuring the ELAN g! system to control core subsystems such as AV, HVAC, security, lighting, window shades, irrigation, garage doors, pool controls and surveillance cameras.

According to Wynne, “I’ve strived to make a basic home automation package standard for every new home I build.  When smartphones came on the market a lot more people started to see how easily these advanced systems could integrate into their homes and help them live more simply and comfortably, and I’ve used that culture movement to benefit my business. Most of my projects are relatively big budget, around the $1 million mark, but there’s absolutely no reason that a $300,000 home shouldn’t include a multi-room audio system, an integrated HVAC or lighting system that saves money and energy, or a security and surveillance system that can be accessed remotely from any smartphone or tablet.

Both builders agree that determining the buyers’ interests is key to selling advanced home control solutions, whether they love music and want multi-room audio or desire heightened peace of mind and would benefit from a mobile-accessible security and surveillance system.  From there it’s a small leap to demo the entire ELAN g! system and highlight all the trappings that easy-to-use home control offers. Another thing they agree on is the need to use a reliable, qualified integrator to make the homeowner’s technological dreams a practical reality.  That’s why they’ve each partnered with a top integration firm in their respective regions, and worked together to craft custom solutions that make every home the perfect living environment for the owners.

About ELAN Home Systems:

Founded in 1990, ELAN® Home Systems is an industry leading manufacturer of innovative, award-winning whole-house entertainment and control systems that are distributed through a comprehensive channel of select dealers and distributors throughout the United States, Canada and more than 58 countries worldwide. To learn more, visit www.elanhomesystems.com.

ELAN is part of the Core® Brands division of Nortek, Inc. Core Brands combines the product and marketing strengths of ten iconic audio, power management and control brands into a single business unit that includes ATON®, BlueBOLT®, ELAN®, Furman®, Niles®, Panamax®, Proficient®, SpeakerCraft®, Sunfire® and Xantech® brands.

ELAN is a subsidiary of Nortek, Inc., a global, diversified company whose many market-leading brands deliver broad capabilities and a wide array of innovative, technology-driven products and solutions for lifestyle improvement at home and at work. Please visit www.nortekinc.com for more information.

ELAN g! GIVES APPLE-ENTHUSIAST TOTAL CONTROL OVER HIS 18,000-SQUARE FOOT HOME

 

Digital Home Lifestyles equipped the new home with an ELAN g! system that can be easily controlled with an iPhone or iPad.

DENVER, COLORADO – July 22, 2013 – The Musil family members love using an iPad or iPhone for scheduling, playing games and staying connected to one another. So when homeowner John Musil decided he wanted simple consolidated control of the security, lighting and A/V components in his 18,000-square foot home in the Arcadia-area of Phoenix, Arizona, he had to be able to do it all from his favorite Apple devices. Now that the home has an ELAN g! Entertainment and Control System, the Musil family can easily control every major subsystem of their home with the push of a button!

Musil first hired Scottsdale-based builder Sage Luxury Homes to build his dream home that features a media room, game room, fitness area, basketball court and a guesthouse. Musil then brought Phoenix-based integrator Digital Home Lifestyles on board to install a control system that would offer complete control over every area of the home.

“When the homeowner told me that his top priority was to have total control over his home through his iPhone and iPad, I instantly thought of the ELAN g! system,” said Jeff Beall, President & CEO of Digital Home Lifestyles. “Not only is the ELAN g! system one of the most affordable control solutions on the market today, but its also one of the most capable, integrating with an endless number of third-party components and having the ability to scale to any size installation. Just as a robust wireless networking infrastructure is crucial to any new home, an easy-to-use control system like ELAN g! becomes the central nervous system that makes all the home’s technology accessible to every person who might need to use it.”

Digital Home Lifestyles equipped the home with an ELAN g! system that gives the Musil family control over lighting, surveillance, security, irrigation systems, audio, video and more. The g! system can be accessed through a variety of different interfaces including the homeowner’s iPhones and iPads, three ELAN TS10 touch screens and a whopping 25 ELAN Z100 keypads for AV functions. The installation included 10 Samsung LED LCD TVs throughout the house, three Apple TV® systems, five Apple iPod docks and two Samsung Blu-Ray Players.

Digital Home Lifestyles also installed a total of 10 Speco Technologies cameras for surveillance, and the Musil family is now able to enjoy 24 zones of high quality audio through eight Niles loudspeakers, six Monitor Audio outdoor speakers and a Source Technologies LCR flat panel speaker. The g! system controls the functions of all the major rooms in the house, including the guesthouse where visitors can use g! interfaces to control the lighting, audio and video without any instructions necessary.

“What initially made the ELAN g! system so attractive was the idea that I could easily keep an eye on the house while I’m at the office or on vacation,” said Musil. “Digital Home Lifestyles installed a number of surveillance cameras both inside and outside the house, including one on the entry gate, so it’s very simple for me to check in on the house whenever I’m away for an extended period of time. What makes the system so incredible is that the entire family is able to use the g! system without training. We’re thrilled that such an easy-to-use system can perform so many different functions throughout our house.”

Most of the technology that makes all this possible is located in a professional rack unit located in a storage closet on the lower level, which effectively hides all the unsightly black boxes typical of a home entertainment system. The rack includes an ELAN HC12 controller, three ELAN S128P AV Controller/Amplifiers, an ELAN S1616A Multi-zone Amplifier, an ELAN S86P Multi-Room A/V controller, an IC Realtime 16-Channel Security Camera DVR, a Rotel amplifier and Krell amplifier, networking components from Motorola, Netgear and Pakedge, and a networked Sony Blu-Ray player.

About ELAN® Home Systems:

Founded in 1990, ELAN® Home Systems is an industry leading manufacturer of innovative, award-winning whole-house entertainment and control systems that are distributed through a comprehensive channel of select dealers and distributors throughout the United States, Canada and more than 58 countries worldwide. To learn more, visit www.elanhomesystems.com.

ELAN is part of Core Brands® which is part of Nortek, Inc. Core Brands combines the product and marketing strengths of ten iconic audio, power management, and control brands into a single business unit that includes the ATON®, BlueBOLT®, ELAN®, Furman®, Niles®, Panamax®, Proficient®, SpeakerCraft®, Sunfire® and Xantech® brands.

Nortek, Inc., is a global, diversified company whose many market-leading brands deliver broad capabilities and a wide array of innovative, technology-driven products and solutions for lifestyle improvement at home and at work. Please visit www.nortekinc.com for more information.

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BRYAN CRANSTON CHOOSES ELAN g! TO CONTROL BRAND NEW LEED PLATINUM HOME

Nationally syndicated TV series “Real Green” to feature the planning, design and building of Cranston’s net-zero energy beachfront California home in Fall 2013.

PETALUMA, CALIFORNIA – At a young age, Emmy® award-winning actor Bryan Cranston learned the value of recycling and prolonging the life of things he owns. Today, he has taken his eco-conscious lifestyle one step further by building a new LEED® Platinum certified beachfront home near Los Angeles, California. The home, which Cranston dubbed 3Palms, uses solar panels, radiant heat, low-energy appliances, LED lighting and natural ventilation to cut energy usage, and everything from the lights to the motorized window shutters can be controlled from anywhere in the world through the simple-to-use ELAN® g! Entertainment and Control System!

“My grandparents and parents taught me about recycling when I was a boy,” Cranston reminisced. “It was just part of their lives — composting, recycling, repurposing and using things until they were of no use, not succumbing to the temptation of buying something new simply because it’s new. I’ve been of that mindset for 50 years, so when I started thinking about creating a new home on the beach, I decided I wanted to do a net-zero energy house and get LEED Platinum certification.”

After finding a suitable beachfront plot that housed a very unsuitable, inefficient 1940s home, Cranston began designing the new 3 bedroom, 3.5 bathroom home using every energy-conscious element possible. Considerations include motorized window shutters for protection from the elements, solar panels for electricity, solar thermal units for hot water, house-wide LED lighting, high-performance insulation, wood from FSC certified sustainable forests, and the ELAN g! Entertainment and Control system to make everything easy to use, manage and monitor, including schedules for lighting, heating and security, plus worldwide access to check on the home.

“I’ve already used the ELAN system remotely with the mobile app to check on the security cameras,” Cranston said. “I was rushing out the door, and as I was driving away I had a moment of doubt where I thought ‘Did I close the garage doors?’, so I went on the system and checked the cameras. One of them lets me see the garage, and sure enough it was open! So I went into the system, pushed close, and that was that. It’s worth its weight in gold right there.”

In addition to the security cameras, garage doors and window shutters, the ELAN g! system allows Cranston to use his iPhone or iPad to control his whole-home music system and every light both indoors and outdoors. With pre-set schedules for heating, lighting and security, he never has to wonder whether his home is running at optimum efficiency. The g! system also has a history feature where he can view the past usage of each system and then easily make any adjustments he wants.

Cranston can even see which lights or speakers are on in each room, then turn them off one at a time or all at once. Justin Brees of custom electronics installation company AM House programmed a super convenient ‘Home/Away” button that sets the home up for when he leaves or returns. It’s specially programmed to shut down the house when no one is home, with actions such as turning off all the lights and speakers, arming the security system and closing the shutters. For additional “Away” mode security, some lights go on at random intervals at night to simulate that someone is home.

To show the public that eco-living can still be comfortable and stylish, Cranston is leveraging his celebrity status to share his new green home with television viewers all across the U.S. in a syndicated weekend series called “Real Green”.  The series will air in late 2013 and will be broadcast on more than 100 local affiliates and cable networks. It will cover the entire project from conception to move-in and include segments with all of the experienced professionals that helped make his dream home a reality, including the builder Bryan Henson, project designer John Turturro, and custom electronics installer Justin Brees.

For more information visit www.3palmsproject.com.

Photo caption: Pictured from left to right are Robert Ridenour, Brand Manager ELAN Home Systems, Bryan Cranston, and Justin Brees of AM House in Cranston’s new Los Angeles-area beachfront home.

About ELAN® Home Systems:

Founded in 1990, ELAN® Home Systems is an industry leading manufacturer of innovative, award-winning whole-house entertainment and control systems that are distributed through a comprehensive channel of select dealers and distributors throughout the United States, Canada and more than 58 countries worldwide. To learn more, visit www.elanhomesystems.com.

ELAN is part of the Core® Brands division of Nortek, Inc. Core Brands combines the product and marketing strengths of ten iconic audio, power management and  control brands into a single business unit that includes ATON®, BlueBOLT®, ELAN®, Furman®, Niles®, Panamax®, Proficient®, SpeakerCraft®, Sunfire® and Xantech® brands.

ELAN is a subsidiary of Nortek, Inc., a global, diversified company whose many market-leading brands deliver broad capabilities and a wide array of innovative, technology-driven products and solutions for lifestyle improvement at home and at work. Please visit www.nortekinc.com for more information.

ELAN g! SYSTEM STEALS THE SHOW IN 9,000-SQUARE FOOT CALGARY SHOW HOME

Calgary-based homebuilder chooses to use an ELAN g! system to attract potential homebuyers in his new show home.

PETALUMA, CALIFORNIA – In order to set his new $4.5 million Calgary, Alberta show home apart from the competition, Jason Ortt, owner of Wolf Custom Homes, decided that he needed to include a state-of-the-art home control solution that would impress and astound potential homebuyers. That’s why he hired P.J. Aucoin of Calgary-based integration firm Home Concepts Inc. to install an ELAN® g! Entertainment and Control System that shows guests how their 21st century dream-home can be a reality.

“Integrated control solutions are becoming a priority in the new housing market as homeowners are eager to have all of their major home functions easily controlled,” said Ortt. “By installing an ELAN g! system in our new show home, we’re showing prospective homebuyers that it’s possible to have an easy-to-use, completely integrated control system that offers touchscreen control of the home’s lighting, security, TV and music. The g! system allows homebuyers to see first-hand the benefits that a home control system can offer.”

The g! system can be easily controlled through an iPad, an ELAN TS7 7” in-wall touchscreen or an ELAN HR2 universal remote control that is perfect for quickly changing channels on any of the six flat-panel TVs and change volume for all of the in-ceiling speakers throughout the home. Using the simple touchscreen interfaces, the Wolf Homes sales team can easily control the lighting and audio when showcasing the home to interested buyers. Home Concepts programmed the g! system so that each salesperson has his or her own button that adjusts the lighting and video differently, allowing them to pick the right mood for whenever they are showing the home.

Home Concepts also programmed a special lighting scene for the show home’s cleaning crew that turns on every light at its maximum brightness, and automatically starts playing music through the Niles in-ceiling speakers.

“Homeowners who think home automation is too expensive or too confusing can just take a tour of our show home and see how easy a system like ELAN g! can make their lives,” added Ortt. “There’s a big difference between hearing all of the benefits that a control system can provide and seeing them in action. When people walk through our show home, and see just how easy it is to control the lighting, video and audio all from a touchscreen, they’re simply amazed.”

The project was the first collaboration between Wolf Custom Homes and Home Concepts, but Ortt feels that the success of the project will lead to a long-lasting partnership.

“P.J. and the team at Home Concepts offered everything that a builder looks for in an integrator,” said Ortt. “Their excellent service, combined with their vast expertise and integrity made this project a great success and I look forward to working with them in the future.”

About ELAN® Home Systems:

Founded in 1990, ELAN® Home Systems is an industry leading manufacturer of innovative, award-winning whole-house entertainment and control systems that are distributed through a comprehensive channel of select dealers and distributors throughout the United States, Canada and more than 58 countries worldwide. To learn more, visit www.elanhomesystems.com.

ELAN is part of the Core® Brands division of Nortek, Inc. Core Brands combines the product and marketing strengths of ten iconic audio, power management and  control brands into a single business unit that includes ATON®, BlueBOLT®, ELAN®, Furman®, Niles®, Panamax®, Proficient®, SpeakerCraft®, Sunfire® and Xantech® brands.

ELAN is a subsidiary of Nortek, Inc., a global, diversified company whose many market-leading brands deliver broad capabilities and a wide array of innovative, technology-driven products and solutions for lifestyle improvement at home and at work. Please visit www.nortekinc.com for more information.

360 MEDIA INNOVATIONS RECOGNIZED IN COMMERCIAL INTEGRATOR & TECHDECISIONS MEDIA “INTEGRATION AWARDS” PROGRAM

The Maplewood, New Jersey-based integrator wins Honorable Mention in Commercial Integrator & TechDecisions Media’s 2013 Integration Awards.

PETALUMA, CALIFORNIA – Commercial Integrator and TechDecisions Media have awarded 360 Media Innovations an Honorable Mention in their 2013 Integration Awards for its integration of an ELAN® g! system in celebrity baker Buddy Valastro’s Carlo’s Bakery location in Ridgewood, NJ. The announcement was made at INFOCOMM 2013 in the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

“It’s a great honor to have our work recognized by Commercial Integrator and TechDecisions Media,” said Chima Gale, owner of 360 Media Innovations. “The ELAN g! system is the ideal solution for retail stores, as it provides retailers with simple and efficient A/V control. With the ELAN g! there’s no learning curve, and the system integrates everything from TVs to lighting to electronic door locks, making it as easy to use as possible.”

As a 2013 Integration Awards Honorable Mention, the installation will be listed in the June issue of Commercial Integrator and in the TechDecisions Special InfoComm Print Edition that is distributed at InfoComm. In addition, the installation will be featured on Commercialintegrator.com and within the six market vertical sites of TechDecisionsMedia.com.

With the ELAN g! system, employees of Carlo’s Bakery can use iPads to take orders from anywhere in the store, and a simple four-finger swipe takes them right to the ELAN g!Mobile app where they can adjust settings for the store’s TVs and audio zones. The remote capabilities of the ELAN g! system allow Valastro to quickly check in on the bakery right from his iPhone.

About ELAN® Home Systems:

Founded in 1990, ELAN® Home Systems is an industry leading manufacturer of innovative, award-winning whole-house entertainment and control systems that are distributed through a comprehensive channel of select dealers and distributors throughout the United States, Canada and more than 58 countries worldwide. To learn more, visit www.elanhomesystems.com.

ELAN is part of the Core® Brands division of Nortek, Inc. Core Brands combines the product and marketing strengths of ten iconic audio, power management and  control brands into a single business unit that includes ATON®, BlueBOLT®, ELAN®, Furman®, Niles®, Panamax®, Proficient®, SpeakerCraft®, Sunfire® and Xantech® brands.

ELAN is a subsidiary of Nortek, Inc., a global, diversified company whose many market-leading brands deliver broad capabilities and a wide array of innovative, technology-driven products and solutions for lifestyle improvement at home and at work. Please visit www.nortekinc.com for more information.

ELAN g! TURNS 269-YEAR-OLD FARMHOUSE INTO A MODERN MEDIA WONDERLAND

Homeowner and interior designer Victoria Graves took every measure to eliminate visible technology, using in-wall speakers and iPads for control.

PETALUMA, CALIFORNIA – If anyone needed proof that modern technology has a use in every home, a recently renovated colonial-era Pennsylvania farmhouse with iPad-controlled audio and lighting in every room through the ELAN® g! Entertainment and Control System puts the issue to rest once and for all. The installation presented a unique opportunity for Pennsylvania-based custom integrator World Wide Stereo, which was able to maintain the historic integrity and rustic charm of the 269-year-old dwelling while transforming the property into a modern media wonderland.

According to homeowner and interior designer Victoria Graves, her and her husband’s relationship with World Wide Stereo stemmed from his love for music, as witnessed by his collection of CDs that numbers in the thousands. When they first moved into the home in 2005 they met with World Wide to install the audio gear they already owned and to help rip their entire CD collection to an Escient music server.  Shortly thereafter, Graves and her husband met with World Wide again to discuss a new multi-zone audio system.

As World Wide Stereo owner Bob Cole recalls, “The Graves’ gave us an opportunity to showcase new technology in a extraordinary setting. With Victoria’s guidance on design aspects, we were able to minimize the appearance of electronics through the home with the use of in-ceiling and in-wall speakers. The original ELAN Via system had in-wall touch panels, but with the upgrade to ELAN g!, now even those have been removed in favor of several iPads that can be carried anywhere in the home and provide complete control of every light and speaker.”

The home has seen a lot of renovations and upgrades since being built more than two and a half centuries ago, and according to Graves, this most recent update was never intended to be a start-and-finish project. In fact it’s been an ongoing project for seven years!

“The house is always a work in progress,” she explained, “and the guys at World Wide found that out when they showed up one day and the kitchen was gone! Luckily our renovation afforded us the opportunity to create a crawlspace in the home, which greatly simplified the electrical and wiring and provides easier access for future enhancement and upgrades. We have a home that’s older than America itself, but it comes with music and lights that we control from our iPhones. It’s definitely the best of both worlds.”

In addition to providing 13 zones of audio, with several outdoor zones, the home’s ELAN g! system integrates a Lutron lighting system that allows the Graves to set lighting scenes to match their current location, such as the “Dining” Scene which lowers the kitchen lights and brings up the dining room.  It also makes bedtime a lot simpler, enabling them to shut off every light on the property with a single button when it’s time to turn in. The Graves use iPads for daily system control, and have only a single 7-inch in-wall touchscreen remaining in the home, located just outside the office study.

About ELAN® Home Systems:

Founded in 1990, ELAN® Home Systems is an industry leading manufacturer of innovative, award-winning whole-house entertainment and control systems that are distributed through a comprehensive channel of select dealers and distributors throughout the United States, Canada and more than 58 countries worldwide. To learn more, visit www.elanhomesystems.com.

ELAN is part of the Core® Brands division of Nortek, Inc. Core Brands combines the product and marketing strengths of ten iconic audio, power management and  control brands into a single business unit that includes ATON®, BlueBOLT®, ELAN®, Furman®, Niles®, Panamax®, Proficient®, SpeakerCraft®, Sunfire® and Xantech® brands.

ELAN is a subsidiary of Nortek, Inc., a global, diversified company whose many market-leading brands deliver broad capabilities and a wide array of innovative, technology-driven products and solutions for lifestyle improvement at home and at work. Please visit www.nortekinc.com for more information.