Arrowtown, New Zealand
The automation in this home has three distinct modes – Home, Night and Holiday modes – that automate certain daily events for the homeowner.
At home mode ensures the gates are closed at certain times of the day, the west facing blinds automatically shut at 4PM each day to protect against the glaring sun. Loggia skylights open automatically in the afternoon if the house gets above a certain temperature, and they also stay closed if it is raining. Heated towel rails are timed to come on twice a day to help dry the towels, and ensure they are used energy efficiently.
Night mode swaps the homes lighting sensors to nightlights. Day mode is then reactivated at a certain time in the morning, unless the homeowner turns it back on.
Holiday mode turns off all the lights, closes the blinds and curtains and retracts the awning, along with turning off gas fires and other controlled devices. The heating is put into frost protection mode and all schedules are postponed until the house is put back into Home mode upon their return.
Lastly, there is a 5-minute delay in closing the gate to allow the homeowners to exit the property smoothly. Remote access is available via the app on a tablet, smartphone or PC, allowing the homeowner to put the heating on or the house into the home mode in advance of their return.
“As an integrator, I am in a unique position to turn my clients’ ideas into reality. In this home, the owners really wanted a home that was simple to use, secure and could be monitored remotely. With all of the building technology controlled by a KNX system, this was simple to achieve.”
– Paul Wooller, Integrator