Articles: power & wiring

Trade Talk: PIR Technology

Simon-Buddle

By Simon Buddle, Future Ready Homes. Motion detection is perceived by many as a relatively simple function to enable us to trigger fans or lights, whether internal or external. It’s not very clever and doesn’t require much by way of … [READ MORE]

Case Study: Leicester University Centre for Medicine uses KNX to Reach Passivhaus Standard

The new Centre for Medicine at the University of Leicester, UK.

By Jon Payne, Entech. The new Centre for Medicine at the University of Leicester is home to the College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology departments. It will replace an existing structure on the same site and has been designed … [READ MORE]

The Design Argument for KNX: Part 1 – Style and Substance

Paul Foulkes

By Paul Foulkes, EchoHouse Energy. Last month, Mark Warburton looked at the argument for using KNX in a smaller residential build, in particular as part of a retrofit. I have put this to the test and am nearing the end … [READ MORE]

Trade Talk: Upgrades in Existing Buildings and those Difficult-to-get-to Places

Simon-Buddle

By Simon Buddle, Future Ready Homes. Well it’s back to reality for most of us I’m sure. After a few weeks R&R we’re heading back to work en masse. The joy of getting 5 miles across London in 20 minutes … [READ MORE]

Trade Talk: Why Developers Need an Integration Specialist

Simon-Buddle

By Simon Buddle, Future Ready Homes. I’ve been asked many times over the years, ‘How do you sell integrated systems?’ and I’ve always answered, ‘I have no idea – I’m an engineer, not a salesman’. I tend to work from … [READ MORE]

Advice for Architects, Designers and Building Planners: Integrating Community Energy – Part 2

Paul Foulkes

By Paul Foulkes, EchoHouse. Our use of energy is a major issue for the world. As Leonardo DiCaprio put it in his recent Oscar acceptance speech, “Climate change is real, it is happening now, it is the most urgent threat … [READ MORE]

Trade Talk: Whoever Has the Gold Makes the Rules – an upmarket lighting experience

Simon-Buddle

By Simon Buddle, Future Ready Homes. I’ve been on this one particular project for 18 months now. It has meandered its way slowly downstream, stopping for a break at non-payment signs and Russian Orthodox holidays. It has been something of … [READ MORE]

Advice for Architects, Designers and Building Planners: Integrating Community Energy – Part 1

Paul Foulkes

By Paul Foulkes, EchoHouse. Technology for buildings could be about to take a leap forward. You can control your heating from an app on your phone, and your lights, and even home security cameras. But can you do it from … [READ MORE]