ARLINGTON, Va. — The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® announced its partnership with HGTV during the unveiling of the HGTV Smart HomeSM 2013, in Jacksonville Beach, Fla. Using CEA’s TechHome Rating System (THRS), HGTV built the first ever smart home that has the infrastructure in place to support current and future digital needs.

“By partnering with HGTV, CEA can highlight the TechHome Rating System to the winning Smart Home family and the HGTV viewers,” said Laura Hubbard, CEA’s senior manager of division and policy communications. “As emerging technologies continue to propel us toward an ever-connected lifestyle, a home designed with the proper technology infrastructure is critical for seamlessly integrating devices in the home.”

The HGTV Smart Home was built to meet CEA’s TechHome Gold Rating, which provides a whole-house network that distributes audio, video, data, telephone, television, home automation, and security signals into multiple rooms.

The TechHome Rating System defines the level and capabilities of the structured wiring installed in a given home. It was designed to remove the complexity of integrating technology systems and products into a new or existing home. Depending on the amount and the nature of the structured wiring installed, a home can achieve one of three levels: Bronze, Gold, or Platinum.

For more information about the TechHome Rating System, visit www.techhome.com.

Publication date: 4/15/2013