Control4, Panasonic Team On ‘Extreme Makeover' Project

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Buffalo, N.Y. - Control4, the IP-based home control and entertainment systems manufacturer, in cooperation with Panasonic, contributed to an "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" project, here.

The home features a whole-home-control, energy-management and entertainment solution installed by local integrator Shawn Lemay and his Buffalo-based firm, Sound & Theater. "Lemay and team integrated major subsystems in the home such as lighting, HVAC and security to provide a safe and energy-efficient dwelling," Control4 said. 

The homeowner, Delores Powell, had purchased her home in 2002 without knowledge that it was on the city's demolition list.  After many years of renovations, the home was still unlivable and in desperate need of repair to make it safe, secure and energy efficient.

 "Our goal for this project was to install a solution that gave the family peace of mind when it came to the security and overall energy consumption of their home," said Lemay. "With a history of high crime and theft, the neighborhood proved to be problematic for Delores and her children. We wanted the technology in their home help solve some of these issues."

 Control4 provided the overall home-control, energy-management and entertainment solution for the "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" project. The project features:

*Four Panasonic model BB-HCM735 splash-resistant outdoor IP network cameras providing high resolution imagery of the exterior of the home. LED lights give difficult to see areas better visibility and preprogrammed commands allow the security functions to interrupt entertainment when a doorbell rings or a sensor detects unusual movement outside.

*A full energy management solution using Control4 and Peak Software, which allows the family to monitor their real-time energy usage though graphs on every user interface in the home including their TVs and touch panels. Additionally, the home was outfitted with a solar panel system, and energy generated from the panels is calculated through Control4 and then given back to the grid if it outweighs the energy consumed. This results in significant cost savings for the Powell family, the company said.

*Distributed music, movies and TV through a centralized equipment rack in the basement. Access to all entertainment equipment is via the single, user-friendly Control4 interface at televisions or touch screens throughout the home, making home entertainment simple and streamlined. 

To view the full episode, which aired Jan. 24, visit ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" Web site at

. The show, now in its seventh season, airs Sundays from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., ET, on ABC.


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