FAQ - Design & Build Professionals

What resources does the HTA provide to design & build professionals?

This website is designed to be your hub for all things home technology related. Here are resources you will find:

  1. a list of the most qualified home technology integration professionals in your area (click here)

  2. a simple technology budget estimator tool that creates realistic installed cost budget ranges for home tech systems ranging from very good to top of the line (click here)
  3. a Project Technology Assessment form to use as a checklist with your clients early in your project timeline (click here)

  4. a ‘Resource Guide’ showing you the top brands and services in the home technology industry. Use the Resource Guide for creative ideas (click here)

  5. the ‘Request a Quote’ service. We will make an introduction for you to one of our HTA Certified integrators (click here)
  6. CEU's (many of them earning HSW credit) through the HTA's Supporting Brands. Peruse the brands at this link, if they have a CEU it will be listed in the right-hand column
  7. educational articles meant to give you a concise overview of home technology systems and related topics. Click here to see the list of articles
  8. a 6x a year 'Home Technology Design' newsletter meant to keep you up to date with technology trends. Subscribe here (we don't sell your contact information)

If you are a representative of a design or build trade association, the HTA is available to create articles, give a webinar, be a podcast guest, or any other help you request to help your members integrate home technology in the most aesthetically-pleasing way possible. Reach out with a special request at this form.

Why should I work with an HTA Certified company?

HTA Certified companies have been thoroughly researched for reputation, technical competence, customer service, and aftercare support policies. They have also provided an enormous amount of data that we publish to allow you to see exactly what their specialties and capabilities are. Although the Home Technology Association cannot guarantee a perfect technology installation, we can astronomically improve the odds of success through highly vetted firms. See this video by celebrity real estate professional James Harris on why HTA Certification is vital to success:

Are all HTA Certified firms equal?

HTA Certified firms are divided into three categories: Estate, Luxury, and Foundation. Although we feel that great companies exist at every level, they are grouped into these categories as they excel at different types of projects. Our goal is to match homeowners with the right fit for their project. Click here for an explanation of the differences between the three HTA Certification tiers.

Can any home technology integrator become an HTA Certified company?

No, the guidelines are stringent for certification. Either a company meets the criteria or not.

How much should my client expect to spend on home technology systems?

We recommend between 4 - 8% of the home's expected value. Select a higher percentage range if real estate in your area is a bargain, and the lower percentage range if you live in a high-cost real estate market (ie. Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York). We highly recommend you and your client use our home technology budget calculator which you can access by clicking here as a great starting point for determining budget ranges.

What is the HTA Certification criteria?

We highly vet each firm for reputation, technical competence, customer service, and aftercare services. Each firm must meet our rigid 60+ certification requirements. Click here for more information about HTA Certification criteria.

What is the HTA Resource Guide?

The Resource Guide is a directory of some of the best brands in the home technology industry. These stellar companies are hand-picked to participate in the Home Technology Association's mission to connect homeowners, architects, builders, and interior designers with the very best custom installation firms in the world.

Does brand participation in the HTA Resource Guide have any influence in the certification process for custom installation firms?

No. Home technology installation firms are not certified based on the brands they offer. No brand (participating or not) has the ability to influence our objective certification process.

How is the HTA different than CEDIA?

The Home Technology Association and CEDIA have different audiences. CEDIA is primarily Custom Installation (CI) industry-centric and has many different initiatives and purposes such as integrator education, individual certifications, advocacy, and workforce development. CEDIA certifies individuals, not companies.

The HTA certifies companies, not individuals. The HTA is a consumer advocacy group to help homeowners and specifiers find the very best firms in the CI industry. The HTA set the standard of excellence that consumers can rely on when hiring a technology integration firm for their project.