More new-home builders are offering custom-installed distributed-audio systems as a standard or optional feature, and more new-home buyers are buying them, according to a survey of builders.

The survey was the second-annual builder survey conducted by the Consumer Electronics Association and the National Association of Home Builders. A total of 454 builders were surveyed randomly in February 2004 about their 2003 business practices. A similar number were surveyed in early 2003 about their 2002 practices.

The survey also found that builders became slightly less likely to offer custom-installed home theater systems and that the percentage of homes sold with custom home theaters dipped slightly in 2003.

The percentage of new homes sold with automated lighting and structured-wiring systems, on the other hand, went up in 2003.

Custom-Install Market Size
Estimated 2003 revenues of installing residential dealers (includes the dealers’ revenues from commercial sales)
Total revenue (residential plus commercial):$6.3 billion (+19%)
Total Commercial:$1.2 billion
Total Residential:$5.1 billion (+19%)
Residential Hardware:$2 billion
Residential Installation:$3.1 billion
Estimated 2003 residential revenues by product category (includes installation revenue, in millions)
Audio$1,400
Home theater$1,390
Controls$1,120
Wiring$470
Lighting$340
Security$200
PC Networks$180
Other$70
*(based on installer surveys conducted over past two years by Dallas-based Parks Associates, which incorporated estimates of dealer population from CEDIA and other third-party sources) ©TWICE 2004

Percent Builders Offering Distributed-Audio As:
20022003
Standard1.5%2.7%
Optional51.3%59.6%
Standard & Optional4.0%2.2%
Not Offered43.2%35.5%

Percent Builders Offering Home Theater Systems As:
20022003
Standard1.3%2.7%
Optional50.5%47.6%
Standard & Optional3.3%1.7%
Not Offered44.9%48.0%

Percentage Of New Homes Getting Distributed- Audio, Other Custom-Installed Systems
20022003
Dist. Audio8.6%12.0%
Home Theater9.2%8.7%
Monitored Sec.17.7%26.3%
Automated Light Control1.0%7.4%
Struct. Wiring42.1%58.5%









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2004-09-06 06:00:00
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More new-home builders are offering custom-installed distributed-audio systems as a standard or optional feature, and more new-home buyers are buying them, according to a survey of builders. The survey was the second-annual builder survey conducted by the Consumer Electronics Association and the National Association of Home Builders.
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