Those that attended Light+Building will know it was a very busy event, and the organiser, Messe Frankfurt, has announced that the 2014 fair set a new record with 211,500 visitors from 161 countries. Our congratulations go to the KNX Association team who did a great job of making sure KNX was everywhere, and to the exhibitor members for a wide range of new products. You can find all our event coverage on the KNXtoday Spotlight on Light+Building 2014 page.
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Apart from Light+Building coverage, our theme this month focuses on project management and programming, and we start this issue with a case study by Remco Hoveling of BAM Techniek – Regio West. This is of a renovation project that turned an old office building into an award-winning sustainable development.
Next, Mark Warburton of Ivory Egg advises on how the industry needs to take a holistic approach to HVAC if buildings are to be truly intelligent, and this is followed by Simon Buddle, who advises on the contentious issue of who owns the rights to custom-designed control programs. KNXin's Jesús Arias García then looks at the whole issue of project management, and argues that KNX systems integrators can widen their horizons by becoming professional project managers. This is followed by our resident 'Mr Fix It', Dr KNX, who deals with various user interface issues in ETS4.
Now, given how large Light+Building was, it will come as no surprise that we asked for some help in covering the show. We are pleased to offer you three reports: one from me giving our show highlights, one from Duncan Greene and Chris Topham of Abtec Building Technologies who share five things they learnt from the show, and one from Sophie Thomas of Ivory Egg, who provides a blog-style look at the trends that emerged.
Don’t forget that you can comment on any of these articles directly, at the end of the article, and don’t forget too, to send us a picture of you with the KNX logo and a smile for our 'Where is KNX?' gallery. This month's hang glider from Nick Gliatis is going to be hard to beat, but we want to hear from you, wherever you may be. Enjoy!
-Yasmin Hashmi, Managing Editor