How does KNX add value and ease of use for building owners/occupiers
When waking up the house reacts to a mixture of expected sun rise and actual sun light, common area blinds open to allow natural light, while bedrooms and bathrooms wait for the occupier to adjust them at their own pace. Heating and cooling keep the house at the perfect temperature, a mix of wet underfloor heating, electric underfloor, warm walls and fan coil units interface seamlessly, not forgetting the over-ride functions such as “bathroom warm feet mode” “work out mode” “Under floor disable” “heat wave mode”. Making sure the client also has the freedom to customise the HVAC when needed. As well as a master reset which brings all rooms back to a set-point, perfect after a party or having guests over for a few days. PIRs bring bathrooms alive, setting, lighting, heating MVHR into boost, with towel rails on timers with a local 1hr boost button. CO2 is monitored in majority of rooms, reacting with the MVHR and extract fans to ensure comfort. With an additional alarm if CO2 is ever at a high level, giving extra reassurance especially in the nursery. Where gas fires and roof lights are installed they also react with the CO2 levels and of course temperature, time of day and external weather. A record of the CO2 levels in the road facing windows helped with the clients case to reduce speed on the road in-front of their house. A number of automated warning emails make sure the maintenance team is called before the occupier is even aware there is an issue, including, failure to heat, low pressure, over temp, as well as monitoring all breakers incase of any tripping. As well as a full AV system with key functions displayed within the KNX.
Why use KNX for this project?
We initially installed KNX as the property was going to be sold on. We knew we could set up a simple system for the developer to sell, with the benefit of the buyer being able to keep it as is or customise it to their needs. The design brought all the elements together to be sold as a smart home but simple enough not to put off a non-tech buyer. The decision to use KNX really paid off when the developer decided to use it for themselves. We were able to customise everything to their specific taste, but not having to re-wire or change any of the infrastructure.