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 beena 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
We Provide CEU Credits Through Our Lunch and Learn Service
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:
1. Fill out the form below and select the course you’d like to learn.
2. At no cost to you, we will come to your office and teach a course.
3. We will provide a FREE lunch.
4. You will receive much-needed continuing education credits.
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.
- Overview of Multi-Viewing Screen Installs
- Corporate Boardrooms
- Family Room
- Dual Purpose Installation
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.
- Overview of a Light Control System
- Kitchen & Foyer
- Controlling scenes
- Whole house controls
- Integration with control systems
- Wireless system
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.
- Overview of a Control System
- Climate Control (HVAC)
- Media Room
- Safety & Security
- Total Home Integration
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.
- Overview of a Lighting Control System
- Controlling scenes
- Controlling light
- Wireless system
- Whole house controls
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.
- Industry overview
- Understand the meaning of a “smart home”
- What makes a home smart?
- How does a “smart home” affect architects and their business?
- Case Study: Hidden Home Theater
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.
- Define a “dedicated home theater” and its attributes
- Discuss the science of “good sound”
- Analyze common and costly mistakes with home theater design
- Identify specific theater design considerations, such as video optimization, lighting, electrical, safety and comfort
- Recognize the essential criteria for engaging an electronic systems professional in the design-and-build process
- Discuss lighting control terminology
- Discuss and differentiate between various types of lighting control system solutions offered today
- Compare lamp types
- Identify the benefits of lighting control—Answering the question “Why would your clients install lighting control systems in their homes?”
- Clarify common misperceptions related to lighting control systems—that we may hear when educating your clients on the value of lighting control systems
- Explore design considerations—as we are beginning to lay out the plans
- Identify the different types of residential systems and unique considerations of each
- Describe the processes used by professionals in the project planning, design, and installation phases of electronic systems
- Determine electronic systems impact on the design and construction relative to space allocation, framing requirements, electrical and conduit requirements, ventilation and millwork requirements, and home theater design
- Recognize essential timeline for selecting and engaging an electronic systems professional for your project
- List technology options for outdoor spaces
- Become familiar with outdoor project site evaluations
- Identify how environmental conditions influence outdoor technologies
- Review infrastructure and equipment needs/options
- Examine control options and real-world applications
- Identify various residential systems and their unique qualities
- Define benefits of technology related to energy efficiency and savings, comfort, convenience, and safety
- Analyze the considerations related to wired systems vs. wireless systems
- Recognize essential timeline for engaging an electronic systems professional in the design and build process
- Recognize key areas of green living and how integrated home systems can create synergies
- Recognize importance of making “being green” easy and empowering homeowners and allowing them to measure results
- Define green benefits of control systems for: HVAC, lighting and lighting control, automated shading, smart appliances, and water detection
- Recognize impact on LEED for Homes
- Identify various types of interior and exterior window treatments
- Define differences between motorized and automated window treatments
- Analyze the “why” of automating window treatments
- Discuss how to engage a team of professionals in the design and build process
- Review various residential systems and technologies and the unique approaches that can be used in the concealment process.
- Discuss how advance planning, design philosophy, and product selection affect the proper functionality of the installed products without compromising design integrity and aesthetics.
- Discuss methods and strategies for hiding technology in safe, convenient, and secure methods.
- Analyze technology implementation planning process.
- Define the importance of controlling sound.
- Define how much sound isolation is required in varying circumstances
- List the three tools: mass, absorption, and mechanical isolation and the role of each
- Outline design considerations related to the construction of specialty rooms.