The Architect’s EDGe provides the architectural and design community with the resources needed to make educated decisions about residential and business technology solutions, from our FREE CEU Courses to our cost-effective and methodical fee simple design service, and our informational white papers and guides. Our goal is to partner with like-minded, forward-thinking firms who view technology as an integral part of the design process and embrace it!
The Architect’s EDGe is owned and operated by Electronics Design Group, Inc. (EDG) For over 28 years, EDG has been a leading technology solutions provider of Audio/Video, Conferencing Systems, Integrated Multimedia Presentation Audio/Video, Luxury Amenity Space Entertainment and Technology, Cardio Theater, Screening Rooms, Home Theater, Lighting, and Control Solutions and Services. We operate in three specific channels: Fee Based Consulting & Engineering; Project Sales and Installation; and Service, Maintenance and Upgrades of high tech systems to the Business and Affluent Residential Channels. We are located in Piscataway, NJ at the foot of the Rutgers University Campus.
Technology is becoming so intertwined with our daily lives, it has become a forethought instead of an afterthought in new home planning and construction.
– Bob Gullo, President EDG
Electronics Design Group is an AIA/CES approved provider and we provide continuing education through our Lunch and Learn services. We strive to be our architectural partner’s right hand company for all technology integration and education. We love to come out and help architects learn today’s emerging technology and how to incorporate that technology into their designs. If you want a representative to come out to teach a course, it is pretty simple:
From Living Rooms to Media Rooms, and Boardrooms to Training Facilities, designing spaces with multiple viewing screens is the hot new topic in custom electronics. Participants will understand the benefits and explore the practical applications of these dynamic rooms through case study examples. Explore product and system design options, engineering and integration considerations, and common installation challenges. Topics of discussion will include acoustics, light control and window treatments, video displays, hiding the equipment, ease of use, and proper space planning.
Participants will analyze practical applications and benefits for lighting control systems in residential spaces like the kitchen, foyer, dining room, media room, and landscape areas. Through examining case studies, students will evaluate various control scenarios and define areas in a project where redesigned lighting control systems can improve aesthetics, enhance functionality, and increase efficiency for the end-user. Topics of discussion will include: dimming technology, required components of a system, reduction of wall clutter, control of preset scenes, integration with other systems, space allocation, time clocks, and security enhancements.
Participants will analyze practical applications and benefits of control system integration in a residential application including Audio, Video, HVAC, Lighting, Drapery/Shades, Security, Weather, and Entry Doors. Through examining case studies, students will evaluate various scenarios and define areas in a project where control systems can improve the efficiency, enrich room aesthetics and decor, simplify complicated subsystems and enhance whole house functionality for the residential end-user. Topics of discussion will include: whole house integration, HVAC integration, controlling subsystems within a single room, and enhancing security features.
Participants will analyze applications and benefits of light control systems for New York residential spaces. Through case study format, students will evaluate various scenarios and define areas in a project where light control systems can improve aesthetics, enhance functionality, and increase efficiency for the end user. Topics of discussion will include: dimming technology, required components of a system, reduction of wall clutter, control of preset scenes, motorized shades, integration with other systems, wireless systems, space allocation, time clocks, and security enhancements.
Participants will understand the meaning, components, capabilities, and benefits of “smart home” technology, as well as its relevance to the design process and architectural community. Class members will learn the importance of working with systems integrators, how to determine their qualifications, and to incorporate “smart home” technologies in their designs. Through the examination of a case study, students will evaluate and define areas in a project where “smart home” technology can improve efficiency, enrich room aesthetics, enhance functionality, and meet client expectations.
What is a home theater? This may sound like a simple question, but is it? Participants in this course will come away with a very distinct definition of what a home theater is—and what it isn’t! Discussions will also include basic acoustical physics, common mistakes in designing theaters, as well as specific design considerations related to video, lighting, electrical, and safety and comfort. This course will provide guidance related to what goes in the room—from equipment, to wall treatments, to seating—and provide practical solutions to problems associated with home theater design and construction. Additionally, attendees will discuss the importance of engaging a trained, qualified professional early in the design and build process.
Lighting control has become a standard in new construction and existing retrofit solutions…those who have it love it and wonder how they ever lived without it! Participants will walk away from this course with a basic understanding of lighting control terminology, and the benefits and solutions related to lighting control—presented in simple, easy to understand language. Additionally, attendees will be active participants in discussion surrounding common misconceptions, features, and lighting control design considerations.
As with other rough-in trades (mechanical, electrical, and plumbing), electronic systems should be planned for well in advance of construction and documented at the construction drawing phase of design. This course describes the processes used by professionals in the project planning, design, and installation phases of electronic systems. Participants will be able to identify different types of residential systems and the unique impact of each on specific design considerations, such as space, framing, electrical, and ventilation requirements. This course will also help attendees identify and analyze the benefits of working with trained electronic systems professionals.
Today’s homes have technology everywhere—inside and out! This market has grown beyond simple audio and video options. This course will provide design and build partners with a familiarity with outdoor technology options and how the environment (weather, location, and terrain) influences outdoor technology choices. Additionally, participants will discuss the infrastructure, and equipment needs and options to ensure a successful project! Real-world examples will be provided throughout the course to ensure attendees understand how these principles are relevant to any project that includes an outdoor component.
There are many available options related to technology for today’s savvy clients, and this course will help guide participants through the myriad of choices. Participants will walk away from this course with a comprehensive overview of current home technologies available in today’s connected homes. The in-depth discussion will include wired vs. wireless, integrated systems—what they are and how they work—and engaging a trained electronic systems professional. This overview will also help attendees plan for proper wiring infrastructure and other profitable electronic systems.
A “green home” extends beyond recycling and energy efficiency, clients today want to live a greener lifestyle. Participants in this course will discuss components of “living green”, and how using technology can actually help their clients live a greener life. Additionally, attendees will discuss the ways control systems can improve durability, and enhance health and comfort of a home and its occupants through HVAC, lighting and lighting control, automated shading, smart appliances, water usage. Participants will also discuss how a cooperative mentality among trades in the design and building process can help clients achieve their “green goals.”
There are many different types of window treatments that can be installed in residential and commercial projects – including those used outside a structure. This course provides an introduction to these various types of products, the considerations (and client benefits) when automating shade and window treatments, and how to build your team of professionals when implementing this type of technology into your project.
Home electronics should integrate seamlessly into a home’s design and décor. This course reviews the three-pronged approach to hiding technology—advance planning, design philosophy, and product selection—which are available for minimizing the visual impact of electronics without compromising performance. Specific challenges and recommendations related to hiding video displays, projectors, speakers, controls, cameras, and equipment racks—among others—will be addressed. This course speaks to innovative and creative ways to lessen the visual impact of electronics by making them low-profile, hidden or camouflaged, or even invisible!
Controlling and isolating sound is tricky—without the correct tools, the right people, and the proper design, the results are often disastrous. Participants in this course will review the needs for creating sound-isolated specialty spaces and discuss how much sound isolation is needed in varying circumstances. In addition, attendees will dive into the three tools of sound isolation—mass, absorption, and mechanical isolation—and the role of each in the design-and-build process, while discussing the process of designing and constructing a specialty space. This course will also outline the benefits of working as a team with other trades to provide the client with the expertise in bringing about a well-designed and functional space.