From Heated Drains to Panic Lights – Our New Case Study is Now Online

Philipp Schuster
1st October 2012 in Case Studies

We’ve expanded our range of case studies yet again to include another project. Just like the other case studies, the Panorama House is a unique installation designed to help the Wiesner family in their everyday life.


When it was being installed and configured, special care was taken to ensure that the technology stayed in the background; so at first glance, you’d be forgiven for thinking this was a completely ‘normal’ house. All the functions of this smart home were picked by the owners and tailored to their exact needs.

There’s automatic shading, a night-light and even a customer burglar alarm. In the Panorama House, using the Loxone Miniserver, everything has been automated exactly according to their needs.

The owner’s favourite feature is apparently the heated drain, which we’ll take a closer look at now…

365 Days of Perfect Drainage!


The Wiesner family have a flat room over the garage with a drain to stop water accumulating on the roof. In summer, this poses no problems, but the cold winter weather could cause the drain to freeze up and prevent water from draining from the roof. However by heating the drain, it never freezes over, even in the coldest conditions..

Heated drains like this is nothing particularly special. Normally, it would be turned on in Autumn and and off in Spring by a switch in the control box (although more often than not, will be forgotten about and left running for the whole year).

Thanks to some intelligence from the Miniserver, the Wiesner family avoid this problem:

In October, the Miniserver activates the heating. Well, actually only when the temperature falls below a certain level and there’s rain or snow. The Miniserver uses the weather service to calculate the heating demand, so that the drain is only heated when there’s rain or snow, together with cold weather. Another advantage of this is that the drain won’t get damaged from continual freezing and thawing.

“It’s practical, not just because we can forget about switching it on and off, but because of all the energy it saves” says the owner.

Read more about the smart functions in the Panorama House on our case studies page.


Have you also carried out a similar project that you think would make a good case study? Let us know!

Keep an eye out for our next blog series…

With Autumn upon us, and the cold of Winter fast approaching, we’ll be looking at heating over the next few weeks on our blog, so make sure you stay tuned!