The Home Technology Association has updated its smart home technology Budget Calculator, making it easier for builders, interior designers, architects, construction estimators, and homeowners to allocate budget for and physically accommodate technology earlier in their projects.
Launched in conjunction with the HTA website and free for anyone to use, the Budget Calculator has grown into the association’s most-used resource to empower decision-makers in the technology buying process. New updates for 2019 make the calculator more accurate, more specific, and easier to use.
The newly enhanced HTA Budget Calculator now gives users the ability to save results and share them with their home technology integrator, their architect, designer, or builder. Having these details in hand helps ensure all parties are on the same page when it comes to the project’s scope-of-work, the clients’ expectations, and, of course, the projected budget range.
Similarly, design and build professionals are using the figures delivered by the Budget Calculator to prepare clients for the costs associated with home technology, enabling them to bring an HTA Certified integration firm into the project early in the process. Designing the home’s technology systems early in the project timeline reduces costs, increases efficiency, shortens delivery timelines, and ensures better results that can aesthetically blend into a home’s décor.
In addition to the ability to save and share budgets, the revised budgeting tool features many other useful enhancements designed to give everyone involved a better estimate of the projected home technology costs for a given project. For instance, the Budget Calculator now features a cost-of-living adjustment. A new question asks if there is a need for any high-end architectural finishes or concealed technology systems, which allow technology to hide away or otherwise better blend with the home’s interior design.
Since the Home Technology Association’s inception, sharing the Budget Calculator with the design and build industry has been a top priority. The HTA has shared the tool with many AIA CRAN, AIBD, ASID, IDS, NAHB, and NARI members.
See how the Budget Calculator works here: https://htacertified.org/home-technology-installation-budget-tool.