The Brief

The Dutch Housing Association, Woonborg has built new social housing in two locations in the Netherlands: 36 in Nieuw-Roden, part of the Drenthe municipality, and 32 in Haren, an area in the City of Groningen. When it came to energy efficiency, the housing association wanted to achieve not only the mandatory NZEB (nearly zero-energy building) standard, but also the ZOM (zero-on-the-meter) standard, which imposes stricter requirements.

Theben were commissioned to help tenants reduce their energy consumption. They used KNX smart home components and protocol, in combination with a monitoring system, to control and monitor energy consumption in these low-energy homes.

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The Solution

LUXORliving KNX smart home system components in combination with other Theben KNX components, such as presence detectors; switch, blind and heating actuators; and binary inputs.

Operation via iON tactile sensors and the LUXORplay app.

Detection and evaluation of wind, rain, temperature and brightness via weather sensors and a weather control centre for automatic blind controls.

LUXORliving IP1 system control centre for commissioning and visualisation as well as communication with the IRIS monitoring system.

Integration into the IRIS monitoring system for detecting and monitoring energy consumption in both the new housing association projects.


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The Outcome

Residents of the completed homes have an increased awareness of their energy consumption and have shown themselves to be more likely to stick within the energy limits imposed via the voluntary ZOM standard.

Paul Foulkes of Theben UK, commented on the impact of the project  “Based on the success of these two projects, another 82 houses have been commissioned. This demonstrates the value of KNX for achieving sustainability in not just one-off high-end residential buildings, but multiple social housing builds.”