The owners of this 1940’s Hamptons cottage lost everything to Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Forced to completely rebuild, they decided to create an energy-efficient home, one so energy efficient that it would be certified LEED Platinum. They named their project the “Sunset Green Home” and selected ELAN for its ability to seamlessly integrate all subsystems, plus its ultimate ease of use through touchpanels, remotes and even mobile phones and tablets. “I’m an energy-efficiency professional for my day job, so I’m a bit of an energy nerd. I love the idea that I can go into my ELAN system and I can see how efficiently our energy systems are working,” said homeowner Kim Erle. “These are all systems that have to function together,” continues Erle, “and that’s one of the reasons we chose the ELAN system. It allows us not only to monitor, but also to control the multiple systems that are contributing to the efficiency of this house.
Working with Aaron Lawrence, owner of Audio video Elements, Franklin Synergy Bank was able to maximize its real estate by creating an AV system that works double duty in a convertible conference room with a retractable divider. Thanks to the ingenuity of the integrator and the flexibility of the ELAN system, the room’s AV system can be operated easily whether it is utilized as a single large conference room with one media presentation, or as two smaller rooms with separate audio and video for each room. The room includes two identical projection systems with motorized projection screens that drop from the ceiling, along with six pairs of in-ceiling speakers and two wireless microphones. Video can be displayed from permanently connected cable boxes, users’ laptops or a Blu-ray player. When the motorized divider is open, the full room can be controlled from a 7” ELAN touchpanel to the right of the projection screens, and when the divider is closed, that same touchpanel controls only the right side equipment, while a second 7” ELAN touchpanel adjacent to the left projection screen controls the left side equipment. Lawrence programmed the system so that this happens seamlessly, with no work required to switch between a single- or dual-room configuration. Even though the technology is very advanced, it took less than 10 minutes to show employees how to use it. “That’s what’s so great about the ELAN system—it can perform all these really powerful automation processes but is easy enough for a complete technophobe to operate,” explains Lawrence.