Build It In: CEA Eyes Structured Wiring Trends

April 20, 2015
According to the Consumer Electronics Association's "13th Annual State of Builder Technology Market Study," the market for built-in home ...
According to the Consumer Electronics Association's "13th Annual State of Builder Technology Market Study," the market for built-in home technology is experiencing strong growth and becoming an important differentiator in new home construction. The study indicated that eight in 10 builders now offer features like structured wiring (84%), home theater (80%) and monitored security systems (80%).

The study indicated that in 2014, structured wiring was the most commonly installed technology (49%), followed by monitored security systems (28%) and home theater pre-wire/system (18%). Fewer builders installed home automation systems or stand-alone video surveillance systems (8%) and intercom systems (7%).

Broadband Internet is now a standard feature in homes, as nine in 10 new homes are equipped with broadband cable - up from 69% in 2008. In addition, the percentage of homes with a dedicated home office (54%) and home theater room (25%) continue to grow.

Approximately one in three builders say installing home technologies increased revenue. Luxury- and custom-home builders are more likely than starter-home builders to install all home technologies. In addition, townhome and multi-family builders are more likely than others to install structured wiring. The study also indicated that custom and regional builders are more likely to install structured wiring, multi-room audio/video systems and home theater pre-wire/systems.