With its vast swathes of glass, the ELK passive house makes use of automatic shading to keep the temperature inside just right. The blinds are fully controlled by the Loxone Miniserver according to the room temperature. When the temperature inside gets too high, the blinds come down; likewise if it's too cold, then the slats go horizontal or the blinds open fully to let in some sun to warm up the house. There's also a feature which raises the blinds fully in a storm to protect them from damage.
Elk Passive House
This installation offers high level automation, taking advantage of the many possibilities available with Loxone.
About The Project
|Location:||2234 Vösendorf-Süd, Austria|
|Project Partner:||ELK Fertighaus|
The ELK Passive House in the "Blue Lagoon" in Vösendorf (near Vienna) is the first ELK house built with smart home technology, and is a great example of energy efficient building perfectly combinded with intelligent technology.
Let in the Mother-in-law Function
So you're out the house and your doorbell rings... You'll be notified by the app on your phone and, using the door camera, you'll know exactly who's standing at your door (from wherever you are). You can then speak to the unexpected visitor and even open the door for them remotely - e.g. to let in your mother-in-law who's kindly brought a cake.
Lighting the Way
The Loxone Miniserver also makes sure no one is kept in the dark. The fully automatic path lights turn on and off with to-the-minute timing - calculated by the Miniserver according to sunrise and sunset. Furthermore the self-adjusting coloured lights help create the perfect atmosphere outside.
In its true colours...
Lighting scenes in the ELK house help create just the right atmosphere in the house. The dimmable LED spots combined with the coloured LED lighting can be individually set for each scene in the kitchen, dining room and living room. The Loxone Miniserver controlled lighting gives this house even more charm.
Protection against break-ins with door and window contacts
The windows and doors all have contact switches which are connected by cable to the Loxone Miniserver. These contacts can show, for example, if something has been left open after dark or when everyone is out. They're therefore a great guard against burglars, and can also be used to make sure that the blinds can't close on the patio windows if the door's open - so you can't get locked out your own home.
Fully Automatic Fresh Air!
The ventilation in the ELK Passive House is controlled centrally and fully automatically by the Loxone Miniserver. Using the iPad on the wall, the ventilation can be smoothly adjusted, making sure that the house has fresh air all day long.
Music Zones to satisfy all Tastes
15 speakers in 6 zones in combination with a Miniserver and the CasaTunes Multiroom Audio System enable everyone in the house to enjoy music of the highest sound quality, and more importantly, to their exact taste. For each of the 6 zones the choice of music and the volume can be set completely independently.
Few Switches, Plenty of Screens
The ELK Passive House deliberately avoids having large switch panels. Only the most important functions such as lighting and shading are controlled with switches. The iPad and iPhone take care of all the other functions. The few switches that are used are packed with extra features such as double-click and press-and-hold functions to save on having any more switches than is absolutely necessary.
For the Techies
- 1x Miniserver
- 1x Dimmer Extension
- 1x 1-Wire Extension
- 1x DMX Extension
- 1x RS485 Extension
- 5x Extension
- Photovoltaic solar panels
- Heat recovery ventilation and ground source heat pump
- CasaTunes multiroom audio system with 6 zones
- Over 100m of coloured LED lighting strips
- Numerous LED ceiling spotlights