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Top: Panelists Oliver Curtis, Southface (left) and Frank Wickstead, ICF International (right) join Matt Hoots, Sawhorse (center) talking about the future of green design/build and green living in Atlanta. Right: Matt Hoots and Frank Wickstead.


reen. It’s not a chic buzzword, it’s a building and living philosophy.

Meeting of the [Green] Minds Green Building, Green Living marked the theme of this year’s Atlanta Housing Summit, which featured a top-flight panel of speakers. • Matt Hoots, President, Sawhorse Design/Build • Frank Wickstead, Residential Energy Efficiency Manager, ICF International • Oliver Curtis, Residential Green Building Project Manager, Southface

“Green does not have to cost more. ” – Matt Hoots, on recycling, not wasting materials to save while going green. Energy Vampires Beware! Phantom power loads were a hot topic, as panelists mentioned those hidden energy wasters we over look. One example Oliver Curtis mentioned, an electric pencil sharpener that sat unused in the Southface office,

zapping a few watts of electricity every day. Simple fix, unplug it. The things that stay plugged in drain power, even when off. One solution: charging stations for laptops, smartphones, iPads that minimize the phantom load.

Easiest Energy Fix Solution, Ever “Turn it off.” That’s how Matt Hoots ( put it succinctly, as he explained the findings of energy audits his company conducts on homes and offices. Continued on page 3

IN THIS ISSUE Vendor Showcase: Lutron, Klipsch, LGC, Crestron ...2 News & Notes


Top 5 List: Summit Highlights .......3 Charity Spotlight: Summit




Product Spotlight: Triad Speakers ..4 Calendar:


Atlanta Housing Summit 2011

Vendor/Sponsor Showcase


he secret’s out: Digital Interiors works with some of the best manufacturers and vendors in the home electronics industry.

Thank You for Your Support Making the 3rd Atlanta Housing Summit an informative and fun evening, we want to give a big shout out to our friends and sponsors: • Crestron Electronics

• Klipsch Audio • Luxury Garage Concepts • Lutron Electronics First time sponsor Luxury Garage Concepts had representative Mike Jensen on hand to discuss options for epic garage make overs. For more information on these products, how we design systems to make the most of your audio, video, lighting, visit q

Left: Tyler Dupont (left) of Lutron Electronics talks lighting with Mark Hardy of Digital Interiors. Top: Scott Smith of Crestron talks with the crowd about the integrated control systems that offer energy efficiency.

News & Notes • For the 3rd straight year CE Pro, the leading consumer electronics trade publication, selected Ron Rimawi of Digital Interiors, as one of only 100 invited VIP guests for the 2011 CE Pro 100 Integrators Summit in Miami. • George Ide is one of eight nominees for the CEDIA Board of Directors for 2012/2013. Electees will be announced next year. • Digital Interiors is joining insiDesign as the featured technology design partner. With their myDesign software, insiDesign helps homeowners see past the blueprints as they build their custom dream homes. • Digital Interiors’ Luxury Garage Concepts are a sponsor at the monthly Caffeine & Octane car show in Alpharetta on the 1st Sunday morning of each month. • Digital Interiors has been named a 2011 TechHome Mark of Excellence Gold Winner for Custom Home of the Year by the CEA. Ron Rimawi attended to the Electronics House EXPO to accept the award. • You can follow Digital Interiors online at



TOP 5 List

Top 5 Moments from the 3rd Atlanta Housing Summit 1. Panel discussion with three experts on Green Building, Green Design 2. Auction for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta 3. Good food, handcrafted beer 4. Great networking 5. Fantastic Sponsors

What Is It? Apps: Control your home from your iPad, iPhone with a variety of integrated apps from Crestron, Lutron and many more. Monitor, set up, control.. with just a swipe of your fingers.

Charity Spotlight: CHOA Silent Auction Winners


ommunity. That’s what it’s all about.

Part of Atlanta Digital Interiors is proud to be an active member of the community, happy to give something back.

Published by Digital Interiors, Inc. Produced by 3Hats Communications.



All prizes were graciously donated and we appreciate everyone’s support. q

Sincere thanks goes to winning bidders for their contributions: • WWE Monday Night Raw tickets: Norris Broyles, Norris Broyles Architects. • Tybee Island Condo Candace Carlson.


• Universal Remote MX-350: Chuck Schlick. • Stewart Cink Chuck Schlick



Right: Raffle gift basket winner Jiri Chlepko

Doing performance tests, Matt has found tons of products that can reduce energy usage - and save money on costs simply turn off unused lights, computers, equipment like fax machines and copiers.

Duct work ain’t sexy “Priorities one and two when improving the energy efficiency of the vast majority of homes is air and duct sealing,” says Frank Wickstead (

Stopping duct leakage may not be a ‘sexy’ green solution, but it’s a good - and affordable - one.

Fall 2011

• COBY Internet Stebbins.

• Klipsch Entertainment System: Seth Pennington

Digital Interiors, Inc. 5935 Shiloh Road East, Suite 300 Alpharetta, GA 30005 (770) 844-5800

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• Stewart Cink autographed Ryder Cup Flag: Ron Rimawi.

• Three years of security system monitoring: Dan Wiedmann.

For the third year, all proceeds from the silent auction at the Atlanta Housing Summit will go to charity, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Atlanta Summit (from page 1)


• Stewart Cink autographed photo: Bob August.

Some homes retain only a portion of the heated and cooled air the HVAC system produces. The combination of air and duct sealing keeps ‘bought’ air where it’s supposed to be - inside the home - and reduces energy costs.

The Future of Green Many products and inventions will make going green easier and more affordable. The future of residential construction is “a renewed focus on design, execution, and verification,” says Oliver Curtis (www., with emphasis on team and a whole house approach. q


Can you hear See me Now?

TRIAD Invisible Speakers


he sound is clear as a bell, but you don’t see any speakers? Seems to surround you, from everywhere.

Hidden by design. Triad’s DesignerSeries speakers offer exceptional sound that can fit any decor and design. For smaller rooms wanting superior sound, these are ideal. “We’ve installed more than a hundred pairs of invisible speakers over the years,”

says Chuck Schlick. “You can paint, wallpaper, even put up to 2mm of wall texture right over the speaker - making them completely invisible.”

Exceptional sound, anywhere Triad produces a full line of highend architectural loudspeakers. Their philosophy is to provide great speakers, made in the U.S.A. along with excellent service provided by top custom installers. Designed “to blend unobtrusively into your environment,” these are installed in walls and the ceiling. Because they can be sealed in the walls, they work well in humid areas such as bathrooms. Contact Digital Interiors for details. q Left: TRIAD makes invisible speakers, including the DesignerSeries DS100, which can be hidden behind almost any wall covering. Photo courtesy: TRIAD.

CALENDAR DII hosts Lunch and Learns, FREE seminars that allow ARCHITECTS, BUILDERS, INTERIOR DESIGNERS, AGENTS to learn more about easy-to-use integrated home entertainment technologies, earning valuable CEUs. For more details, contact Chuck Schlick at 770-844-5800. Look for your next issue of DigitalInk.

Fall 2011 DigitalInk by Digital Interiors  

Digital Interiors hosts the 3rd Annual Atlanta Housing Summit, showcases invisible speakers and much more on home theathers, home automation...

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