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DESIGN Phase – Consider shade automation properly and early

Buildings account for 40% of the energy consumption in the EU and for 30% of global CO2 emissions. The larger part of this comes from commercial buildings, hospitals, shopping malls, schools, offices and high end residential buildings.

Shading automation significantly reduces the energy consumption and CO2 emission of a building – if properly planned. The ES-SO’s (the European Solar Shading Organization) ESCORP-EU-25 study has proven massive reduction for carbon emissions by using shading. Shades are reducing the cooling demand in summer, and the heating requirement in winter.

But shading is more than just energy efficiency. It massively influences the satisfaction with the overall building performance (see illustration).


DESIGN Phase – The shading solution

The market is offering a variety of shading solutions today. One size fits all providers should be seen critically.
Each building requires it’s specific architecture. Don’t just follow, stay critical.
 


DESIGN Phase – Manual, analogue or digital?

With the shade decision made, you can choose how to operate the shade:

Vestamatic is the independent expert to facilitate this process.
We have no interest in selling a certain shading application.


DESIGN Phase – Sensor requirements for analogue and digital motors

The sensors are depending on the shade solution. A basic overview is provided below.
Please understand that still every project requires a tailored solution. See the next page for more
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With the blind application chosen, the climate control decisions are mostly made.
The appropriate climate sensors are decided – at least for the majority of buildings. Below is a short reference guide.


DESIGN Phase – You size automation with your requirements

Decided on the above? Now it's time for automation.

You allow Vestamatic to design with you, when you’re supplying as much and detailed information on the requirements as possible.

  • Building utilization concept (office, hospitality, etc.)
  • Renovation or new build
  • Building plans
  • Specification of shading product with system supplier, shade dimension and weight of shades
  • Exterior (weather affected) or interior installation, or a mix of both (for example breathing façade)
  • Geographical location and direction of the building
  • Micro-surrounding of the building
  • Elevation and height of the building
  • Utilization concept and floor plans with room layouts
  • Connectivity to building management system and to fire alarm stations and system specification
  • Manual override concept by switch, radio in groups or single
  • Dynamic shading programs
  • Use of climate sensors, integrated or stand-alone
  • Window cleaning functions
  • Remote maintenance and failure reporting
  • System security with Login

READ MORE – A configurator is soon to come

CREATE Phase – Analogue or digital connectivity

We’re moving towards a connected society with more than 3 Billion people using the Web (compared to 30 Million in 1995). The need for data is obvious.

The type of connectivity is a driver for future business models and with that a crucial decision. The options are:

  • Analogue connected – Central Shade Control supplies data to the Building Management System (BMS) on request. Shade Control Algorithm and Logic is provided by the shading expert.
  • Semi-digital - Central Shade Control supplies data to the Building Management System (BMS). Shade Control Algorithm and Logic is provided by the shading expert.
  • Digital – The individual shade is connected to the BMS, providing status information to the facility manager. Logic can be central or as a designated shade solution.

CREATE Phase – The general setting for shade automation

Independent of the the chosen connectivity, shading control is characterized with a similar setting:

  • Central Control – The algorithm behind the automated shade. This is where sun tracking, glare control and other logics are created.
  • Sensors – Sensors are providing the real time data for the central control. They can be wind, sun, temperature, humidity and others.
  • Motor Control – The local distribution of the central logic, allowing for group and manual overrides.
  • User Interfaces – The switch is dead, long lives the switch. Apps und Remotes add naturally to that and provide access to more, for example utilization and status information, user profiles.
  • Motors – Not to forget – motors are the mandatory requirement to automate anything. Different types are used for different applications.

CREATE Phase – A basic overview on the systems

Below illustration provides an overview on the solution architecture for analogue, semi-digital and digital automation solutions:

CREATE Phase Analogue –
Dry contact installation, installation without computer System Characteristics

 

SOLUTION CHARACTERISTICS:

  • Central, Group and Individual Control
  • For contract jobs with up to 5.000 motorized shades
  • Ring Installation, 5V for each central group; no external power supply
  • Each Central Group with individual settings
  • Status information on central control or via web
  • Password protection with different user levels
  • Installation flush/surface and DIN-rail mounted, for 1, 2 or 4 motors
  • Multiple Sensor Connections
  • Motor running time central, group, individual
  • Shading Application: all types interior and exterior

CREATE Phase Analogue –
Dry contact installation, installation without computer wiring diagram


CREATE Phase Semi-Digital –
The fast BUS-installation, flexible for later changes System Characteristics

 

 

SOLUTION CHARACTERISTICS:

  • Central, Group and Individual Control
  • For contract jobs with up to 5.000 motorized shades
  • BUS Installation, no external power supply
  • Each Central Group with individual settings
  • Status information on central and motor control, direct on control or via web
  • Password protection with different user levels
  • Installation surface mounted for 2 or 4 motors
  • Multiple Sensor Connections
  • Motor running time central, group, individual
  • Easy configuration with BS Config, flexible with changes
  • Permanent BUS surveillance for security commands
  • Shading Application: all types interior and exterior

CREATE Phase Semi-Digital –
The fast BUS-installation, flexible for later changes wiring diagram


CREATE Phase Semi-Digital –
The KNX-installation, open standard installation System Characteristics

 

 

SOLUTION CHARACTERISTICS:

  • Central, Group and Individual Control
  • For contract jobs with up to 5.000 motorized shades
  • KNX-BUS Installation, external power supply required
  • Each Central Group with individual settings
  • Status information on central and motor control, direct on control or via web
  • Installation surface mounted for 4 or 9 motors
  • Sensors built-in the KNX Central Control from Vestamatic
  • Motor running time central, group, individual
  • Easy configuration with ETS, flexible with changes
  • Permanent BUS surveillance for security commands
  • Automatic sun tracking function
  • Automatic run-time detection for mechanical motors
  • Seamless integration with other KNX products
  • Shading Application: all types interior and exterior

CREATE Phase Semi-Digital –
The KNX-installation, open standard installation wiring diagram


CREATE Phase Digital –
The digital automation installation, using SMI Technology System Characteristics

 

 

SOLUTION CHARACTERISTICS:

  • Central, Group and Individual Control
  • For contract jobs with no real limitation
  • KNX-BUS, BS-BUS, RS-485 Installation
  • Each Central Group with individual settings
  • Status information on central and motor control, direct on control or via web
  • Installation surface mounted for 8 or 16 motors
  • Motor running time central, group, individual
  • Easy configuration with ETS, BS Config or through RS-485; flexible with changes
  • Permanent BUS surveillance for security commands
  • Automatic sun tracking function (with KNX)
  • Seamless integration with other systems (with KNX and RS-485)
  • Shading Application: all types interior and exterior

CREATE Phase Digital –
The digital automation installation, using SMI Technology wiring diagram

SERVICE Phase – Planning, commissioning and maintenance

Vestamatic is supporting the contract partners around the whole building life-cycle:

  • Design – Specification and solution presentation
  • Create – Specification, planning and wiring diagrams
  • Service – Commissioning and maintenance

Vestamatic is supporting architects, planners and shading manufacturers in preparing, presenting, commissioning and maintaining the right solution.
We are consulting fast and independent and supply products and drawings quickly.

You need support? Feel free to contact us

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