Editor’s Note – August 2009

Being able to control all of the systems and services in a building is now seen as one of the most efficient ways to manage your energy use and reduce your carbon footprint, but while we are all aware of this in theory do we actually know where to turn to make it happen?

The simple fact is that there are hundreds of different systems out there, all of which have the ability to control some or all of the services in a building – the key is making them work together to achieve the best results.

One way of doing this is through KNX technology, a simple and time proven system for intelligent electrical installation networking that offers significant advantages over other alternative approaches to building automation and control.

KNX covers a diverse range of applications using one standard which is why it is proving to be so popular in this industry and for those of you not already familiar with the system we have a pull-out supplement in the centre pages of this issue.

As well as providing you with everything you need to know about how KNX works and the products available, we also have some views from the industry and look at putting it into action to realise energy savings.

The main benefit from a KNX system is that it is easy for occupants to manipulate the functions using familiar switches, the telephone or a remote computer. This seems to be a key feature for ensuring that building controls are not only installed but actually used because there are far too many occurrences where the control system is commissioned but the building manager who has to work with it on a day to day basis does not know how to use it.

Simplicity it seems is definitely the way forward and with everyone forging ahead to meet their carbon reduction targets KNX could just be the answer.

See you next month


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