Contacted by the developer who was engaged on a plot located in the rapidly growing North London suburb of Hadley Wood. The development was to create two ultra-modern energy efficient properties for the rental market
As the ultimate end-user(s) of the system were an unknown, a Control System was needed which would be simple to use but yet would meet the needs of any prospective tenant. Control4 Home Automation system was selected because regardless of whether the tenant used one of the in-wall /portable touch-screens, or one of the universal remote controls using on-screen displays, or even their own mobile device, the experience was the same – simplicity.
The property had wet underfloor heating throughout with a Daikin Heat Recovery Unit. A custom Honeywell Building Management System (BMS) was used for total control of the heating to ensure further energy efficiency was gained from zoned heating control. Discreet thimble sensors were the only visible hardware used to monitor temperature in all rooms.
Over 90 light circuits were planned, mainly LED using 1-10v dimming to provide better dimming performance. All were controllable using the leading Intelligent Lighting Control system from Lutron. Lutron SeeTouch Lighting Keypads were used with the added feature of each button being both engravable and backlit.
The property had extensive facades of glass taking full advantage of the elevated views of Barnet and Enfield. Motorised blinds were more of a need in this property than a choice. Lutron Sivoia motorised window blinds were the natural choice, given the very long stretches of floor-to-ceiling glass as Lutron blinds intelligently and seamlessly line up with each other and are the quietest blinds available.
Instant music streaming was available in all rooms using a Multi-Room Audio distribution system from Control4. In addition to thousands of world-wide radio stations from the Internet radio service TuneIn, the tenant could Airplay their own music from their Apple mobile device and listen to hi-fi quality music in any one of 8 rooms connected.
Using latest HDBaseT Multi-Room Video Distribution matrix from Wyrestorm, up to 6 High Definition Video sources, such as multiple Freesat receivers and a Kaleidescape Movie Server could be watched on any of the screens around the property and in the dedicated Home Cinema, planned for the future.
Provision was made to add a dedicated Home Cinema should the tenant desire, and a location was pre-wired for two screen and seating layout orientations.
Full cross-function integration was possible using the Texecom alarm system. This enabled not only automation of heating, motorised closing of blinds, turning off of audio/visual equipment and lighting when the alarm was set, but the alarm could be set and unset from the control system interface.
A comprehensive network cabling infrastructure was installed allowing full flexibility in the connection of devices.
The Developer insisted on using their own team of electricians for the “1st fix” installation of the audio/visual and automation cabling.
Drawings and schematics were produced by Automated Smart Homes to a very detailed level, but despite this the quality standard of installation of the vast array of cabling was very poor, ambiguous and messy.
Our engineers spent several days identifying, organising, labelling and testing each and every cable before we could satisfy ourselves it would support the demands of a modern home.
The result was professional looking and easily supportable home automation system.
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