UK Building regulations were updated on June 15th this year. This was a direct route to tackle climate change and reduce energy use.
What implications do these changes have for building design? The new Part O may mean less glazing, smaller windows or maybe even the end of those fabulous floor to ceiling South facing glazed walls?
But building automation can offer the "alternative approaches" as laid out in in the regulations that allow architects, designers and consultants fulfil their clients' desires for those glazed facades. Dynamic shading, integrated HVAC and constant lighting control can be simply achieved.
This level of building automation is an exciting opportunity for the integrator. Find out what you need to know to make it happen?
Paul is an intelligent buildings expert. He has been involved in engineering since he was 16, beginning as an apprentice. Starting in the aircraft industry, in maintenance and later R&D and then 20 years living in continental Europe. Working in the construction sector and eventually establishing his own company in France concentrating in all aspects of renewables, intelligent technologies and low energy building techniques. He returned to the UK in to 2012, and completed a Masters in Architecture and the built environment. Since then he has worked in project management and business development.
Now, as KNX Business Manager for Theben UK he believes in the positive impact that properly designed, fully integrated building automation technology can have for the health, wellbeing and sustainability of both a building and those using it.