KNX UK has revealed the winners of its 2020 Awards, showcasing the skills, creativity and depth of expertise of the UK’s growing KNX community.
The KNX UK Awards for installations recognise innovative use of KNX technology and illustrate how integrators can add real value to a project. This year’s winners were:
KNX Application of the Year: Coastal House, a stunning showcase for the power, flexibility and scalability of KNX. Coastal House is a stunning home in England’s south west that has been conceived by its owner as an expression of the state of today’s architectural and technological arts. Integrator: Harris Grant.
KNX Commercial Installation of the Year: Jung’s London Showroom where a huge range of KNX devices are the focal point. It made sense to commission KNX control of the facility to meet the high expectations of the project. Integrator: New Land Solutions.
KNX Residential Installation of the Year: Regents Crescent, where 67 apartments have been created behind the sweeping façade of the Grade 1 listed building at one of London’s most prestigious addresses. Integrator: Ready Controls.
The KNX UK Award for Product of the Year recognises true innovation that gives systems integrators greater scope for imaginative project design. The 2020 winner was the Steinel True Presence MultiSensor KNX which, with its sister product the True Presence® Detector KNX, is likely to become an integrators’ favourite. The accuracy with which they detect presence means that reliable absence detection becomes possible, allowing for switching of lighting without the need for energy-wasting ON times. Steinel’s True Presence® technology is based on extremely precise high-frequency measurements of the detector's surroundings. The presence of humans is indicated when 3-dimensional breathing patterns (micro-movement from vital functions) are detected. Champion
Each year the KNX UK Association recognises the person who has done most to champion the advance of KNX in the UK. This year’s winner is Neil Grant, from Harris Grant, a board member of long standing who has also driven the development of the KNX UK Code of Conduct, the gold standard for complex project planning and management. Speaking after the KNX UK Awards “Zoom party”, recently-elected KNX UK president Paul Foulkes said: “It was a shame not to be able to meet up in person, but so many events have had to be rearranged this year and we didn’t want to postpone this as well. We had a fun online event, but are all keen to get together in person as soon as circumstances allow, because our events are always such a great forum for sharing new ideas and brainstorming the challenges we come across.”
KNX UK Commercial Installation of the Year
Jung UK London Brandstore
Integrator: New Land Solutions
London’s Clerkenwell Design Quarter is home to some of the most influential contemporary design innovators in the world. Clerkenwell was famed in the 18th century for its printing, drinking and thinking. Now it is influencing the built environment through the UK as a hotbed of international design, with showrooms and studios specialising in furniture, lighting, kitchens, bathrooms and surfaces.
If ever there was a place to make your mark and celebrate your brand it’s here! And the Jung UK Brandstore is both a celebration of the success of Albrecht JUNG UK Ltd and a cornucopia for designers, planners and builders who want to experience possibilities of building technology first-hand.
Integrator Newland Solutions knew that expectations would be high when they won the commission for a solution for a leading manufacturer of switches and KNX control systems. Providing a fully integrated system into a beautiful two floor operational showroom and meeting room in the Conservation are of Islington adds another dimension.
The showroom layout and design was produced by the client (JUNG), but the operational layout was designed in close cooperation with Luke Newland of New Land Solutions. KNX was always going to be a focal point of the showroom because JUNG has been closely involved in KNX since it was first conceived, and the protocol is a key driver if its continuing success. The firm has a huge range of KNX devices in its product range, and, with emphasis on the aesthetic design of its products.
So, the overall project for the London Brandstore required working heating, lighting and shading control together with interfaces to 3rd party music streaming, wireless colour changing lighting and IoT voice assistant both for its day to day operational use and also for demonstration purposes. New Land Solutions’ comprehensive solution used the JUNG SV server, various sized touch screens , and switches, sockets sensors and controllers from the JUNG range. In addition to the comprehensive KNX solutions, Newland also provided the 230v electrical installation, data network and carpentry services.