AVAD D2B Program Brings High-Tech Homes to Boise

Program linking Boise builders with local integration firm responsible for installations in multiple developments

Boise, Idaho – April 10, 2007 – AVAD announced today that the company's Dealer 2 Builder Program has partnered with two Boise-area builders and a local integration firm to install pre-packaged home technology systems in hundreds of new homes across the metropolitan Boise area.

The partnership involves Essential Systems, an AVAD Dealer and Certified D2B Electronic System Contractor, and Boise builders Zach Evans Construction and MarKar Design and Construction.

Home owners can choose from several packages, including: Structured Wiring; Home Theater; Media Services including a modern Structured Wiring System (supporting access to and whole home distribution of local media services such as telecommunications, satellite and cable services, HDTV, DVR, DSL, networking and wireless internet); Home Theater; Multi-Source/Zoned Audio Distribution; Home Office Solutions, Hybrid Hardwired/Wireless Data Networking; Security and Whole-House Systems Integration and Control. The homes are under construction now.

To illustrate the benefits and ease of use to prospective home buyers, all home electronic options are set up in the model home of each development, so potential buyers can operate the systems as they would in their new homes. As with all D2B projects, local integration firm Essential Systems staffs the model homes with employees who navigate home owners through the equipment, further assisting the builder with the sales process.

With Zack Evans Construction, the AVAD D2B partnership has allowed for these systems to be installed in around 250 Boise-area homes by Essential Systems. The homes are contemporary craftsman style and are priced in the $350,000 and ˝ million dollar range and are located in the Copper Basin, Saguaro Canyon and Cedar Edge neighborhoods. Packaged offerings for potential home buyers include an On-Q structured wiring system, a NetStreams Musica distributed audio system, a Samsung flat panel home theater system, a Polk Audio loudspeaker system and a GE security system.

"The AVAD D2B program provides an opportunity that we had not been able to address internally," said Michael Bates, a project manager at Zack Evans Construction. "By teaming up with AVAD and Essential Systems, we can offer pre-packaged technology options that differentiate and add value to our homes – which is crucial in today's changing economy."

With MarKar Design and Construction, the AVAD D2B partnership has allowed for these systems to be installed by Essential Systems in the "WindWalker" development, a mix of around 30 upscale Boise town homes targeted toward executives looking to downsize to a modern space with all of the latest home technology elements built-in. The options for the MarKar townhomes are the same as outlined above, with the addition of a Universal Remote control package.

"Our partnership with AVAD and Essential Systems has allowed us to take our developments to the next level of sophistication and technological advancement, said Karla Williams, Principle of MarKar Design and Construction. "We needed reliable, repeatable systems that did not slow down the building process –and provided choice, value and delight for potential home buyers. With this setup, we have found exactly that, and more."

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