The fundamental concern with ‘Smart Building Technologies‘ is understanding the capabilities warranting the value in the system and why you should invest in the first instance. KNX can scale to unimaginable proportions with dynamic, fluent and logic controlled variables making it the perfect solution for both Residential and commercial buildings.
Have a look at some of the high level benefits the system has to offer:
Automation of Lighting
Whilst it’s difficult to imagine ‘no switches’ this is easily accomplished with a KNX system.
When you walk into your bathroom a discrete Ceiling Sensor activates your lights to 100% brightness. You step inside the shower and the Shower cubicle Downlights turns on to 100% brightness whilst dimming the other ceiling lights to 20% brightness. You get into the Bath and all lighting reduces to 10% brightness whilst your sound system automatically starts playing a relaxing playlist.
Zoned Heating Control
KNX isn’t just about lighting controls, it offers numerous opportunities to save you money through energy conservation.
KNX offers the ability to zone your heating system (whether UFH or traditional) via retrofit to your manifold heating system. This allows you the ability to control and automate the heating throughout your house and do so by room.
Lets take another example, a discrete micro sensor placed in the ceiling of each room records the temperature in real time, this in turn controls the value relating to that room. When you enter the room the value will adjust to increase the temperature with the understanding that the room now has occupants.
With KNX you have the ability to integrate any type of binary device including your security systems.
Lets say you’re not at home so your Intruder Alarm is engaged (on), a person jumps over your wall making their way towards your home. Your CCTV system detects movement and switches on select interior lighting to give the illusion your at home. If the intruder proceeds closer the system then switches on all exterior floodlighting systems and sends you an SMS alert. This can be customized and scaled to suit your needs.
KNX boasts the ability of up to 60% energy saving capabilities in a home or business. The system is able to do by utilizing logic with various binary inputs (sensors, switches, etc…) in order to trigger certain outputs (Lighting, Heating and HVAC controls) and ultimately save on excess energy and fuel usage.
Zero Wall Acne
A KNX Switch controls more than just lighting, in fact there is little end to what a KNX Switch can’t control.
Lets consider the product to the left, in addition to dimming of lighting, this switch has the ability to measure room temperature and then control the heating system accordingly. This switch can also be used to control blinds, scene setting, Music, Gate Automation and more.
KNX Blind Control can be automated to respond to Solar Gain/Loss which involved automatically lowering or raising the blinds accordingly. Furthermore, it’s possible to automate slat adjustment thus retaining the external view without over heating the room.
Modern buildings with glass facades are prone to overheating which is difficult to rectify without adding Air Conditioning to the building.
Of course, the list doesn’t end there so if you’d like to discuss how KNX can personally benefit you, please get in touch.