cedia 2020 awards

Polar Bear Design in the Hunt for Two CEDIA Trade Awards!

The team at Polar Bear Design are delighted to announce that the company is a finalist in the CEDIA Awards Best New Hardware of the Year category on both sides of the Atlantic!

Polar Bear Design has reached the finalist stage of the CEDIA Awards for the first time and what is more, our entry for the Zentium Thermostat has been recognised in both the Americas and EMEA regions! This section of the awards was set up to recognise CEDIA member manufacturers and features hardware and software products operating on the global stage.

The winners are set to be announced on October 8th during the 2020 awards presentation which this year takes place as a virtual event. Any interested parties can sign up to ‘be there’ here. In reaching the final of this prestigious and rigorously judged awards programme, Polar Bear Design is competing with some of the largest and well-knowncompanies in the smart home and AV sector.

This year’s finalists include Barco Residential, James Loudspeaker,Leon Speakers, Lutron Electronics, Savant Systems, Sonance and Trinnov. All these companies have considerably more resources at their disposalthan Polar Bear Design, so we are proudto be competing in such esteemed company and yet we also feel that our entry completely deserves its place in the line-up. This recognition is particularly pleasing as the finalists for the hardware categories are selected by industry professionals, those with the knowledge to truly assess a product’s worth out the field.

Made in Britain

About Made in Britain....

Made in Britain brings together the British manufacturing community, united with the use of the registered collective mark. The mark is protected and can only be used by members of Made in Britain that meet the criteria we set to guarantee the member is a British manufacturer. There are similar marks being used by organisations that wish to emulate the success of the Made in Britain mark. These copy-cat marks are not registered or protected and do not provide the guarantees given by the official Made in Britain organisation.



Just as lighting is a key aspect to enjoy any space, the client experience is also affected by the temperature of that space. The user experience of temperature control is often overlooked as it is seen as something difficult and out of many installers’ comfort zone.

In many luxury buildings, air conditioning is standard. However, these are typically commercial systems that require a significant amount of design and calculations. This industry is heavily commercial based and the idea of elegant, easy to use controls is often lost. With all the calculations, environmental impact and performance specifications, the consideration of the user is lost. The goal of the Zentium thermostat is to meet the concerns of installers and interior designers in a process that benefits everyone.

Virtual Temperatures

Virtual Temperatures

A great new feature has been added to the Zentium thermostat, that help integrate with room fan coil units.

Many VRF / VRV have built in return air temperature sensors that are used internally for that VRF to regulate its own operation. The setpoint of the VRF can be changed by the user but typically the temperature reading is hidden away with the BMS controls.

Polar Bear New Logo

During October, Polar Bear Design set a competition among artistic designers to come up with a new and refreshed company logo.

With over 340 design submissions we had an unexpectedly huge range of choices. After narrowing it down to five designers we went through the final stages to complete the design.

We hope you like the results as we are really pleased with the outcome.

Made in Britain logo Colour

CED Member copper gray 2lines rgb