Loxone is one of the market leaders in the areas of building automation, smart building, and MSR (measurement and control technology).
Building automation is the automatic control, regulation, monitoring and optimization of functionalities such as lighting, shading, heating/cooling, audio, security, and other technical building equipment in one intelligent system. The focus is on comfort, safety, and energy efficiency – whether the system is used in office buildings, restaurants, hotels or other industrial or commercial properties. The term “smart building” refers to automation solutions for commercial and public non-residential buildings. When referring to private apartments or houses, on the other hand, “smart home” was established as the key term.
For investors, operators as well as users of buildings, an investment in building automation is worthwhile.
Main advantages of automation solutions in buildings
operators and occupants
The additional effort or costs for intelligent building technology (1-2% of the construction costs) are usually amortized in a few years thanks to high potential savings. This makes it a worthwhile investment for investors.
Sustainable and resource-saving construction is in great demand on the real estate market. Thus, in many countries, sustainability certificates such as DGNB, ÖGNI, LEED, BREEAM, BREEAM-SE or GBCSA can be applied for smart buildings. These certificates have a more secure value even in uncertain times.
Fields of Application of Building Automation
Increase the value and attractiveness of residential projects and protect the building from damage.
Create impressionable experiences and more comfort for your guests in your hotel or gastronomy business
The National Lottery Netherlands was named the most sustainable building in the world thanks to Loxone’s automation solution.
Many prefabricated house manufacturers offer our technology as standard in their projects.
Thanks to the combination of reliable hardware and powerful software, Loxone is suitable for any type of project.
Voices of Building Automation Service Suppliers
Why is Loxone perfect for the automation of buildings with multiple sub-units?
Loxone is not a system that you buy and it stays that way afterwards. It is a living system that continues to develop over time.
The new development not only drives the company forward, but also my business, which creates something like a win-win situation in my eyes. «
Besk Group, Jobelhome Apartments, Hungary
Throughout the planning, installation and even afterwards, we were treated with outstanding professionalism. We see a wide range of possible applications for the Loxone system.
We are already thinking about expanding the system with additional features, such as a floodlight. «
Technical Manager Ullevaal Stadium,
When I finally discovered all the possibilities of Loxone, I was immediately excited about the technology in a smart home.
The Lakaz restaurant is one of our implementations here in Mauritius and offers a perfect example of what is possible in lighting through Loxone. «
One Touch Domotics, Restaurant Lakaz,
The construction sector accounts for 40% of energy consumption and 36% of greenhouse gas emissions in the EU. By integrating building automation in commercial buildings, up to 50% of the total energy consumption can be saved thanks to demand-oriented control and smart energy management.
How Much Energy Does Building Automation Save?
Building automation is a so-called cross-sectional technology: it networks different systems and installations in a smart building or smart home. Networking enables different levels of automation.
A commercial building with a very high level of automation (automation class A) consumes around 30% less heat energy and up to 13% less electricity than a building that is only slightly automated (automation class C). The degree of innovation in building technology increases every year and with it the savings potential. The stated values are taken from the standards DIN V 18599-11 and EN 15232. There are also studies, such as those by the Biberach University of Applied Sciences, which consider energy savings of 49% to be possible.
How Does Building Automation Work?
Measurement, control, and regulation technology (MSR technology) plays a central role in building automation. Measurement and control technology refers to the hardware, such as sensors, actuators, the brain of the installation – the Miniserver – and the Air-, Link- and Tree technologies for communication of all components in the field and in the control cabinet. With Loxone, the powerful software is additionally a unique selling point of building automation. Both the programming and the visualization of the building technology can be realized intuitively and easily.
The Three Levels of Building Automation
With the help of sensors and actuators, the technical systems are operated on the field level. The Miniserver processes the supplied data on the automation level. The software on the management level is responsible for the higher-level operation and monitoring.
Sensors are the backbone of a reliable building automation system. Different sensors detect the actual state in the field (building or room). They detect presence, temperature, CO2, water, smoke, as well as intrusion (door & window contact) confidently. Via radio or cable, the measured values are transmitted to the central control unit – the Miniserver.
Actuators perform certain mechanical activities in building automation. They can be operated electrically, pneumatically, or hydraulically. They receive the command from the Miniserver when to do what.
All the components of a building automation system come together in the central controller – the Miniserver. It lets the individual components and devices talk to each other and automates most tasks in terms of security, comfort, and energy efficiency.
As soon as the Miniserver detects that the temperature in a room is below the set point, it gives the actuator on the radiator the command to open the valve further to increase the heat inflow. At the same time, it could command the blinds to go up, to heat up the room energy-efficiently through the sunlight.
The software is an essential part of the building automation, as it takes over important management tasks. Among other things, it is responsible for merging, documenting, evaluating, and visualizing data. Through permanent monitoring, it supports the improvement of energy consumption and reliability of operation. In a smart building equipped with Loxone technology, the building knows what needs to be done and when. It automatically adapts to its needs and optimizes itself.
At Loxone, on the one hand we have the Loxone Config – the professional and free tool for configuration. It provides ready-to-use and, above all, easy-to-use building blocks for individual projects. On the other hand, there is the free Loxone App, which offers a complete overview of the building technology. It can be used to control all functions, and it also notifies users of a building about incidents. The app is also used for simple user management and permission assignment and is thus maximally flexible.
Which Interfaces Are Important in Building Automation?
There are numerous communication protocols in building automation: Loxone supports BACnet IP, RTU/TCP, EEBUS, RSR232, SIA DC-09, and many more. Thus, almost all ventilation and heating systems, air conditioners, PV systems, etc. available on the market can be integrated into a smart building. The Loxone Library contains templates for the different technologies, which have been developed especially for the respective interfaces.
The Loxone Group from Kollerschlag, Austria, is a pioneer in the field of intelligent automation solutions. As a specialist, Loxone enables the simple control and intelligent automation of projects of all kinds. Whether home, hotel, office or commercial property – Loxone thus makes life and work easier in every situation. More than 200,000 projects in more than 100 countries have already been realized by professional partners worldwide. Authorized Loxone partners appreciate the high innovative power of Loxone, the free software in combination with the easy installation of the products as well as the numerous, open interfaces of the central Miniserver. This is the key element of every Loxone project and the ultimate tool for intelligent automation of smart homes, commercial properties as well as special applications. The Miniserver was developed especially for the professional electrician. As the “brain”, this central control unit handles most of the building and home automation tasks in terms of security, comfort and energy efficiency itself.
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