KNX UK member, Household Automation was approached by a consultant following a referral from an occupational therapist regarding the rehabilitation of a car accident victim.
Lucie is wheelchair dependent and her family was purchasing a new property for adaptation to allow her to live at home with as much independence as possible. The brief was to provide an enhanced standard of living in a family home that didn’t feel like a medical environment.
Single Dwelling Benefits
The advantages of KNX technology for leading innovative assistive projects has been long established in the smart home industry. Its flexibility means changes to the system can be implemented easily and economically as the needs of occupants develop, helping to improve the long term value of commercial installations such as self-contained accommodation and nursing homes.
However, the value of KNX in single dwelling installations is often overlooked by developers and home owners with the longevity and flexibility of the system giving a long term return on the investment.
With the retrofit installation of the KNX backbone, Household Automation could ensure that the entire family’s needs would be met now and in the future.
The scope of the control system included internal and external lighting, under floor heating, door and window openers throughout, blind control and an entry system.
Working alongside the consultant and occupational therapist, Household Automation were able to gain an understanding of the functional requirements of Lucie’s environment. The system was specified and designed to offer optimum comfort and independence.
A key consideration was to prevent Lucie having to transfer into her wheelchair to control her environment.
The dual control of functions use sleek Jung wall switches and a smartphone app by BAB Tech to provide a robust solution that prevents any point of failure. All the network devices operate two way interaction with the KNX system, however functions such as lighting, blinds and window openers have manual wall switches located in the room where the device is, in case of network failure.
In Lucie’s bedroom the light, ventilation, temperature and door positions have dual controls via the wall switches or smartphone app. This gives her complete control over the bedroom environment while she relaxes in bed. The addition of integrated ceiling speakers, also controlled using the app help to make this a calm and enjoyable space of her own
The therapy room was designed in consultation with professionals to provide physical and occupational therapy to support Lucie’s long-term rehabilitation. The equipment used during treatment can cause isolated heating of the room, so efficient ventilation is essential.
The wall switches provide quick access to window and door operation for responsive ventilation. They can also be operated via the app, along with the underfloor heating and lighting.