Z House - Winner of Best Integrated Home Level I

Z House - Winner of Best Integrated Home Level I


Originally written by Anna Hayes for Connected Home + Business.

Electronic Living’s key aim with this project was to maintain the home’s aesthetic quality.

‘The New Farm’ is an elegant, understated custom-built home with modern flair that is not overwhelmed by gadgetry.

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Z House - CEDIA Award - Electronic Living

Systems Include:

  • Four zones of distributed audio,
  • Four wireless access points positioned according to best practices
  • An intercom system,
  • Satellite TV,
  • Lighting and shading controls,
  • HVAC control,
  • Pool control,
  • Robust surveillance and security including access controls, alarms and CCTV.

Automated events include bathrooms that adjust light levels for the time of day or night, and external lighting that’s scheduled accordingly.

Preset scenes include: Entertain, that powers up systems where guests will be welcomed; Evening, for TV viewing on the couch; and Party which is essentially an ‘all systems go!’ setting.

Z House lighting control

The one big technical challenge in the project was in the area of voice control.
“Voice control via Control4 was new to smart home integration at the time this project was being programmed to additional time was required to define all of the parameters of this subsystem,” said the team at Electronic Living.

CEDIA’s judges said the project was “the clear winner, with good documentation, and sound design principles.”

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Equipment List:

Amazon Echo Dot, Apple, Avico, Axis, Blustream, Chase Power, Chief, Clipsal, Control4, Definitive Technology, Design Data (plugs), Integra, Kordz, Middle Atlantic, NAS Australia, NESS, Pakedge, QNAP, Rosslare, Samsung, Seagate, Sonance, Triad, Xantech.


Architect: Shaun Lockyer Architects
Builder: M2 Construct
Photography: Scott Burrows

Client Testimonial:

Works that Electronic Living team has done to my newly finished house is incredible. It has changed my mind towards home automation completely. All my AV, lighting, CCTV, security, access control and air-conditioning are now fully integrated. Everything has been made so easy throughout the whole process while they were working on site. All the staff were super friendly and knowledgeable. They tried to accomodate all my requests as much as possible to make things easy for me down the track. I now can turn a few lights on and keep my house monitored whenever I want it when I'm overseas! Everything is so convenient. Big thanks to the Electronic Living team again! I highly recommended them to anyone who is looking for quality smart home and home automation systems to their homes!

Tags: CEDIA, Awards, Home Automation, Project Feature

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