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Oct 9, 2009 12:26 PM

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CEDIA Expo 2009

More than 20,000 industry professionals attended CEDIA Expo 2009. Individual attendance dropped 12 percent from that of previous shows, but company attendance remained strong.

Thanks to an optimistic crowd and enthusiastic exhibitors, CEDIA Expo 2009 was a resounding success amid a worrisome economic backdrop. Attendees traveled to Atlanta to experience exactly what has come to be expected from CEDIA Expo: exceptional products, amazing new technology, and industry-renowned education. And they were not disappointed.

More than 20,000 industry professionals attended the show in Atlanta from Sept. 9-13. Despite the 12 percent decrease in individual attendance, the number of companies in attendance remained strong.

More than 400 exhibitors, including more than 70 new companies, displayed the latest technologies and products available in the residential electronic systems industry with many products focusing on energy efficiency, retrofit applications, and 3D technology.

Highlights of the show include more than 50 awards presented to winners of the Electronic Lifestyles awards competition at the annual awards banquet. CEDIA member companies were honored for their design and technology expertise in addition to outstanding innovation in product development and technology. In addition, the first group of CEDIA Fellows were honored. A complete list of winners is available at

CEDIA is in the works on plans for next year’s expo, in Atlanta, Sept. 22-26, 2010. Additional information is available at

EPA Lead Rule

National Council on Healthy Housing is launching courses to help companies pass phase one of EPA certification.

Is Your Business Affected by the Environmental Protection Agency’s New rules on Lead?

The EPA’s Lead: New Renovation, Repair, and Painting rule affects you if:

  • Your company works in residences built in 1978 or earlier
  • Your company works in buildings occupied by pregnant women or children under the age of six
  • Your company renovates, repairs, or paints in areas more than 6 square feet on an interior room or 20 square feet on an exterior wall.

There are three steps to getting EPA certified: an online course, a lab class, and a final exam. CEDIA is making it simple and cost-effective for you and your company to take the first step in becoming EPA-certified.

On Oct. 15, CEDIA in partnership with the National Council on Healthy Housing is launching education courses to help companies pass phase one of the EPA certification. This online course will educate participants on the rules and precautions associated with working on projects that may contain lead-based paint. Total compliance for companies who work within the above conditions is April 22, 2010.

Visit for more information and to register for classes. Visit for full details on the EPA Lead: New Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule.

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