How does this Project demonstrate the diversity of KNX?
Baulogic integrates the best of KNX products into a single smart home system controlling all essential home functions. This project, a typical 4 bedroom modern house for JDU Developments Ltd in Great Glenn, Leicestershire required lighting, heating, security and the future option to add automated blinds. It was simply installed by the developers’ own electrician, no external specialist required. Baulogic curated an integrated modular system based on KNX devices offering the developer the power of a universal KNX system at a price point to match the build budget. For this project, the electrician installed modules for: • dimmable and switched lighting • gas boiler control for hot water and heating • advanced multi-zone underfloor heating • dedicated towel rail circuit with scheduled/boosted control • motion sensors for both convenience and security • future option for automated blinds and curtains It was delivered in a factory-made sealed panel with recognised push-fit plugs for all connections. Baulogic uniquely features a backplate which was installed at first fix to reserve space in the busy plant room and provide a target for first fix wiring. The overall system was delivered pre-configured allowing the electrician to install, test and handover a complete home automation package in a matter of hours.
How does this Project demonstrate a synergistic approach to building use?
This developer was looking to future proof the project, and wanted to respond to homeowners’ demands for greater flexibility and control of essential home functions. They see more than ever people using their homes as a place to work as well as relax or socialise, and energy efficiency is becoming a greater priority for both cost and environmental reasons. Baulogic, powered by KNX, enables homeowners to stay effortlessly in control and connected to their homes at all times. Using Baulogic’s own software and a range of KNX devices, we provided the developer with a reliable residential control system suitable for the broadest range of future homeowners. Lighting, heating and blind automation were priorities in the project’s KNX wired infrastructure, which are controlled not only by a touch screen but also smart light switches, phone app and Alexa voice control. By using KNX, Baulogic offered the developer the option to upsell had any future homebuyer shown interest in more advanced functions. The homebuyer could be confident that with a system based on KNX their investment is secure as compatible devices will exist in the long-term.
How does KNX add value and ease of use for building owners/occupiers
Baulogic made considerable investments in its user interface software to ensure the entire system was intuitive and could be used with confidence by any member of the household whatever their technical know-how. By implementing core features and providing the user with the capability to edit parameters, the user has broad control over their system and much reduced reliance of remote support of the installer or supplier. This is a step away from the typical reliance on installers or dealers, a reliance which is normally expensive and uncertain. Furthermore, on the standard control pages no change to settings is permanent. Permanent edits to system parameters such as scene settings, or heating schedules are all in a clearly identified in a separate ‘Settings’ space, re-enforcing user confidence. Baulogic specifically addresses the challenge of homeowner expectations with regard to UFH response times and complexities of multi-zone heating programming. Removing over-used room thermostats in favour of temperature readings from light switches, focusing on a simple scheduling interface on the touch panel, and making full use of KNX heating control logic, altogether ensures room temperatures accurately and optimally follow the scheduled target..