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Occhio launches Mito

Occhio launched their new Mito light, a masterpiece – perfection down to the last detail, unique in design and functionality.

HTI have just installed the 1st one of these lights in Scotland. The quality of light and the fitting are absolutely jaw dropping!

Posted by Home Technology Integration on Wednesday, 11 October 2017

HTI Awarded Best of Houzz 2017

Home Technology Integration Ltd of Edinburgh Awarded Best of Houzz 2017

Over 40 Million Monthly Unique Users Nominated Best Home Improvement and Design Professionals in the UK and Around the World

Edinburgh, February 15th, 2017 –HTI Ltd of Edinburgh has won “Best of Customer Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home renovation and design. The forward-thinking technology company was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, home improvement and design industry professionals.

The Best of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 40 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honours are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2016. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognised with the Photography award. A “Best of Houzz 2017” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals on Houzz.

“We are delighted that our hard work has paid off and that our focus with building good customer relationships through our service has been recognised. This gives us a standard to maintain and better, and as a company this gives our clients the reassurance that we strive to do the best we can on each and every job” said Jonathan Murray of HTI Ltd.

“We’re so pleased to award Best of Houzz 2017 to this incredible group of talented and customer-focused professionals, including HTI Ltd,” said Andrew Small, MD of Houzz UK and Ireland. “Each of these businesses was singled out for recognition by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts for helping to turn their home improvement dreams into reality.”

Follow HTI Ltd on Houzz – https://www.houzz.co.uk

About Houzz

Houzz is the leading platform for home renovation and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow and Tokyo. Houzz and the Houzz logo are registered trademarks of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit houzz.co.uk

 

 

 

Soon, Your Home Network Will Be More Important Than Ever…..

With Wednesday’s news that Sky will be starting the phase out of satellite dishes from 2018 and moving to a streaming platform, beyond the Now TV app that already exists, the strength of your home network is more important than ever.

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It’s not a secret that Sky is already encouraging clients away from Sky HD to their new platform, Sky Q, just as they did with the original Sky and Sky+ boxes years ago. And this announcement that Sky Q will not require a satellite dish starting in 2018, it’s apparent that they are looking to make broadband their delivery platform of choice.  It’s unlikely that this will be an overnight change, as there are still many areas of the country that suffer under very low broadband speeds or high contention rates, making satellite their only option for premium content, but as these issues are resolved over time, this announcement signals the beginning of the end for the satellite dish.

This is a smart business move, as many homes cannot have Sky dishes, and maintaining the fleet of engineers required to fit and maintain them is an expensive business which raises their operating costs and limits their ability to compete with already established streaming services.

However, with the volume of data this service will require, not just for multiple boxes, HD and 4K, customers are wise to consider their home network stability. Managing these volumes of data, either wired or wirelessly, will put most Internet Seervice Providers supplied routers under stress. Investing in a robust wireless network infrastructure professionally installed will ensure that your home can properly deliver all these streaming services as well as provide strong and complete coverage throughout your home for all your data needs.

If you have any questions about how to improve your home network, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 0131 510 1250 or info@hometechintegration.com

Innovative Smart Home Provider IntelligentHome.Today teams up with HTI!

Home Technology Integration is excited to team up with www.IntelligentHome.Today to offer innovative wireless smart home systems that are easy to use, flexible and allow your home to be more reactive to you and your family. We at HTI have been selected as their key installer of wireless automation systems in Edinburgh.

Like HTI, IntelligentHome.Today specialise in helping homeowners easily design their home automation systems without all the technical jargon. From their easy to use online platform, check out what features you want your home to have, highlight which rooms you want these features in, and they do the rest.

IntelligentHome.Today’s systems are completely wireless so you can have the smart home control you’ve always wanted without any of the rewiring these types of systems usually require. And since most systems can be installed in a single day by a qualified professional, you don’t have to put up with any disruption other systems require.

Once installed, you can control all features you have selected via an app on your tablet or smartphone, whether you’re at home or away.

As a special launch promotion with IntelligentHome.today, for a limited time we would like to offer you a 10% discount on there pre-built smart home packages. HTI’s experienced installers take care of the install and set up of our wireless systems so you can expect the great service you are used to from HTI. Take a look at there pre-built packages and order on the IntelligentHome.Today site.

All packages are customisable so if you prefer, sign up for a completely free account at intelligenthome.today to customise each room of your home with the smart features you want- or book a survey and they will come and help you decide!

From nest heating to motion sensor controlled lighting and fire and security alerts, IntelligentHome.Today offers an affordable, easy way to make your home smarter.

New survey from Houzz highlighting how much homeowners want to make their homes smarter

We already know how much our client’s requirements for their new homes revolve around the seamless integration of smarter system, but this just published survey highlights how much home renovators are looking to take advantage of the same technology.

“Renovated homes are more than twice as likely to include a smart system or device than before the renovation…Homeowners aim to improve the comfort, convenience, safety, and energy usage of their home during renovations, and smart technology appears to address many of their needs…high levels of adoption and satisfaction among renovators are sound predictors of a wider reliance on these technologies among the general public in the near future”

While renovated homes are more than twice as likely to include a smart system or device than before the renovation, these homeowners said the top challenges they face is educating themselves about available product options and finding the right products/technology that suit their needs and their budgets.

Their priorities for their smart systems or devices start with home security or safety upgrades, followed by entertainment, climate, and lighting upgrades. Smart thermostats are the single most popular smart device in a renovated home.

Once complete, homeowners report greater levels of satisfaction with their upgraded smart features than their non-smart features.

http://www.digitaltrends.com/home/houzz-smart-home-study/

If you are renovating your home and looking for help integrating smart systems, please contact Jonathan at jonathan@hometechintegration.com or call our offices at 0131 510 1250.

Ultimate Playroom Refurbishment

Our governing body, CEDIA, has recognised one of our projects  where we have provided an end-to-end solution for a client’s playroom conversion – read more here

CEDIA Awards 2015

Following another fantastic year of judging for the CEDIA Awards, the volume of entries was expanded beyond just the UK and Europe to include international entries from India, Switzerland, South Africa amongst many others, resulting in more international shortlisted entries this year than ever before. Yet, in the face of all that competition, Home Technology Integration Ltd. (HTI) demonstrated the calibre of it’s work and been shortlisted for the Best Multiple Scheme For A Developer Award for our work at S1 Development’s Ellersly Road Development.

“We are very proud to have been shortlisted for our work on this development. Our client, S1 Developments, are a fantastic partner to work with, demonstrating how technology specialists and developers can work together and deliver a great product and service to new home buyers, “ said Jonathan Murray, Head of Sales for HTI, ”Both our teams worked closely together to ensure that their expectations and the expectations of their clients were met and exceeded at every opportunity.”

Fraser Campbell, Managing Director of HTI, went on to say “From our first day, we have been dedicated to providing a seamless and quality service on behalf of our clients, both the developer and the homeowner. Being shortlisted for this award in the face of so much national and international competition is a testament that we are delivering on that goal.”

HTI was the only custom installation company in Scotland to be shortlisted for any CEDIA awards.

Established in 2006, the prestigious CEDIA Awards celebrate excellence in home technology design, installation and integration across the EMEA region (the UK, Europe, Africa, the CIS, the Middle East, India and Pakistan). Setting the standard for industry professionals across CEDIA EMEA, these stunning projects are the crème de la crème of smart home installations.

Each installation category is judged by an expert panel drawn from the worlds of architecture, interiors, property, IT, smart home journalism and of course, custom installation to ensure the highest standards of scrutiny for each and every entry.

The awards ceremony will take place on July 3rd, 2015 at the Natural History Museum in London.

Almost Two Thirds of Consumers Want To Adopt Smart Technology, They Just Don’t Know How

According to research by Samsung, released October 2014 and involved speaking to 2,500 consumers, UK consumers will pay to the tune of £3.6 billion for a lack of understanding of how smart tech could benefit them.

The most significant area where UK homeowners will lose out on potential savings (some £3.6 billion of it) due to failing to adopt smart technology themselves include smart meters for utilities, and smart home devices (like Siemens Synco) that can also produce energy savings of between 30-40%. The UK has the lowest adoption rates at just 6 percent for both, yet these types of technology are among the products most respondents said they were keen to purchase in the future (60 percent and 63 percent indicated this for meters and smart home gadgets respectively).

Furthermore, 24% of consumers said that their lack of understanding of what smart tech is, and what it can do for them, is the main barrier to them adopting the technology.

Find out how we can help you help connect your clients to the home they want, one that is smart and more energy efficient than anything they have experienced before. Contact Jonathan Murray at jonathan@hometechintegration.com or visit our website at www.hometechintegration.com

Read the full article at http://betanews.com/2014/10/27/the-slow-pace-of-smart-technology-adoption-is-set-to-cost-the-uk-economy-9bn-in-2015/

Broadband signal raises house prices…

ONE-FIFTH of people are prepared to pay more for a home with a good broadband connection, according to a survey.

The increasing importance of good, reliable on-line links came in the study by the Halifax which found 20 per cent of those questioned needed to know it had high-speed web connections.

Eighteen per cent say it has been a consideration when moving home in the past, and, almost a quarter (23 per cent) would now be likely to negotiate a lower rent or sale price when taking on a property with a poor broadband connection.

The poll of about 2,000 adults also found that while the majority use it for sending emails and on-line shopping, just over half, 55 per cent, use it for reading news websites such as heraldscotland.com

The figure for reading news was just slightly behind the number of people who say they use their home web connections for checking social networking sites at 58 per cent.

Scotland is currently benefiting from a superfast fibre broadband programme which is being rolled out to more than 90,000 homes and businesses.

Halifax spokesman Craig McKinlay said: “Alongside outside space, private parking, and good transport links, a strong broadband signal is fast becoming a very significant feature of looking for a new home.”

The central heating myths that cost consumers dear

Householders are needlessly adding to their energy bills because of widespread myths about the most effective way to heat homes, a campaign group has warned.

Of the four-fifths (78 per cent) of Britons who think they understand how to use their heating controls, more than half (52 per cent) turn up the thermostat during colder weather – an unnecessary move because the thermostat automatically compensates and increases indoor heat as outside temperatures fall.

The survey, carried out for the Big Energy Saving Week campaign between the Energy Saving Trust (EST), Department of Energy and Climate Change and Citizens Advice, also found 38 per cent think it is more energy efficient to leave the heating constantly turned on at a low temperature – simply meaning the home is heated when there is no one there to benefit and too cold when people are inside.

And more than a third (35 per cent) turn their room thermostat up when they want to heat the space faster, which only sends the temperature higher but no more quickly.

It is claimed almost a third (31 per cent) leave their water heating on all the time to make sure they never run out, which could be costing more than necessary, and just 38 per cent fully understand how electric storage heaters work, by taking advantage of cheaper night rates.

Research by the EST also found many households are still not regularly switching energy supplier, with just a quarter (24 per cent) of bill-payers claiming to have switched in the last year.

The poll found 74 per cent of Britons remain concerned about their energy bills, while the three organisations involved in the campaign said households could save £75 a year by learning to heat their homes efficiently.

The full article can be found in The Scotsman

HTI can also help by installing an efficient control system (without any mess or damage to walls) which will turn the traditional single pipe system into multiple heating zones, therefore heating only rooms that require heat and therefore save energy. It is estimated that these systems payback within 18-24 months and reduce energy bills by 30-40%. If this is of interest please get in touch.

Commercial Integrator Europe Q&A

CIE spoke to HTI’s business development manager about the need for easily understandable residential technology and the future of the networked home. Click Link

Engineered Electrical wins it’s 1st award

June ’14 -HTI are delighted to announce that it’s sister company, Engineered Electrical, has won its 1st award at the Essential Install Awards at Sandown Park.

Engineered Electrical were highly commended for in the best light commercial project for ‘The Devils Advocate’ bar in Advocates Close Edinburgh.

The Devils Advocate recently came 5th in the top 10 new coolest bars in the UK in Esquire Magazine.

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Engineered Electrical is a electrical contractor with a unique ability to provide standard electrical services as well as energy efficient and automation technologies to the commercial market, delivering a scalable electrical solution to any project at a cost efficient price.

We have extensive experience with AV, Environmental Control, Networking, Presentation and CCTV systems, and can provide these solutions as part of a single contracted package.

Currently, companies who are looking for this combination of services usually outsource to two or three separate contractors which comes at a higher cost and risks hidden costs or delays on site if either system is not properly joined to the other.

Engineered Electrical delivers the entire system, lowering the project’s risk profile in terms of delays that can arise when this work is undertaken by two different subcontractors, and delivering a more cost effective system.

Engineered Electrical can also provide a strong network of associated service companies that have experience delivering whatever your client needs.

SCOPE OF SERVICES

These include:
Electrical Contracting
Environmental controls
Presentation/Boardroom Systems
Energy Management
Network infrastructure
Remote Monitoring

Edinburgh (Head Office)
Murrayburgh House
17 Corstorphine Road
Edinburgh EH12 6DD
Tel: 0131 510 1250
info@hometechintegration.com

Some of our team’s many awards:
CEDIA 2015 Finalist, Best Multi Dwelling
Essential Install Trade Awards 2014, Highly Commended, Best Light Commercial Project
Essential Install Trade Awards 2012, Best UK Domestic Install
CEDIA 2010 Finalist, Best Integrated Home & Best Dressed Rack
CEDIA 2009 Finalist, Best Multi Dwelling
2010 Crestron Integration Award Winner