HGTV Builds High-Tech HGTV® Smart Home to CEA's TechHome Gold Rating

"The HGTV Smart Home is a shining example of the benefits, energy savings and convenience that connected homes can offer to today's homeowner"

Arlington, Va., April 1, 2014 - The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® and HGTV today announced that the HGTV® Smart Home 2014, in Nashville, Tenn., has earned CEA's TechHome Gold Rating, ensuring the home has the ability to support current and future digital needs. The rating is based on CEA's TechHome Rating System (THRS), a nationally-recognized specification for residential technology infrastructure.

With the TechHome Gold Rating designation, the HGTV Smart Home provides a whole-house network that features multi-room audio, video, data, telephone and television distribution, as well as home automation, systems control capabilities and security signals. The HGTV Smart Home comes fully furnished and showcases high-tech features, including products from CEA members, ADT Security Services and Verizon Wireless. The virtual tour of the HGTV Smart Home 2014 launched today on

"The HGTV Smart Home is a shining example of the benefits, energy savings and convenience that connected homes can offer to today's homeowner," said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of CEA. "A home constructed with the proper technology infrastructure is critical for seamlessly integrating devices to achieve the connected home experience."

Developed by CEA's TechHome Division, THRS is a high-tech guide that explains to consumers, homebuyers and realtors the digital functions a home is equipped to handle. The guidelines help identify consumers' technology needs and determine the desired applications and products. THRS is based on the structured wiring present in the home and its ability to achieve the ultimate digital experience for the homeowner, both indoors and out.

As technologies continue to evolve rapidly, using a THRS level as a baseline and working with a home technology integrator will help identify today's digital needs and even 'future-proof' homes for capabilities and products that homeowners might want at another time.

For more information about the TechHome Rating System, to locate a home technology integrator or to learn more about smart homes, visit

About CEA:
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the technology trade association representing the $208 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry. More than 2,000 companies enjoy the benefits of CEA membership, including legislative advocacy, market research, technical training and education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CEA also owns and produces the International CES - The Global Stage for Innovation. All profits from CES are reinvested into CEA's industry services. Find CEA online at,

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