To bring together a five-storey stand alone converted warehouse with such an advanced level of electronic integration a number of smart systems had to be used. Two major systems were chosen, AMX as the over-all control system because it brought the best customisation of graphics and flexible control capabilities to the home and Dynalite because it not only controlled all the different types of lighting throughout the home but allowed the connection of inputs and outputs to the environmental monitoring hardware; control of all motorised blinds, windows, roof, water and air pumps; complete customised and consolidation of switch plates capabilities and because it offered the most robust communications to master control systems (the AMX in this case).

The Energy Efficient Residence – Australia

Sandy Howard | AVD Australia and Project Connection Australia

The Energy Efficient Residence – Australia

Project Showcase : AVD Australia

To bring together a five-storey stand alone converted warehouse with such an advanced level of electronic integration a number of smart systems had to be used. Two major systems were chosen, AMX as the over-all control system because it brought the best customisation of graphics and flexible control capabilities to the home and Dynalite because it not only controlled all the different types of lighting throughout the home but allowed the connection of inputs and outputs to the environmental monitoring hardware; control of all motorised blinds, windows, roof, water and air pumps; complete customised and consolidation of switch plates capabilities and because it offered the most robust communications to master control systems (the AMX in this case).

 

Company Name:      AVD Australia and Project Connection Australia

Contact:                     Sandy Howard

Phone Number:       +612 9906 2424

Email address:          enquiry@avd.com.au

Website address:     www.avd.com.au
www.project-connection.com.au

Project location: Sydney NSW Australia

Costs:
Equipment                                        $311,964.00
Labour                                               $142,384.00
Electrical & Infrastructure               $660,420.00
Total                                                   $1,114,768.00

 

'The Challenge'

To ensure that all the electronic architecture and components within the five-storey, heritage-listed, stand-alone converted warehouse in Sydney were;

  • Totally hidden within the five-storey structure
  • Simple to operate

The brief also included automatic climate control by:

  • Opening and closing of the louvres and motorised roof
  • The control of air-conditioning systems and floor heating to maintain a constant ambient air temperature throughout the home
  • Pumping of hot air from the top of the building to the bottom

The residence had to include maximum re-use of water and minimal power consumption.

All of the above needed  be able to be achieved in an automated or manual way; attended or unattended.

 

'The Responsibilities'

To enable the design, integration and implementation of a fully functioning Home Automation System, AVD Australia undertook the following:

·          Scope of Works Development
·          Systems and Infrastructure Engineering & Design
·          Documentation including engineering plans and schedules of
            - Electrical Systems
            - Electronic Systems
            - Lighting Schedules
            - Cabling Schedules
            - Switching Schedules
·          Infrastructure Project Management
·          Product Selection
·          Installation & Project Management of Systems
·          Control System Development, Programming and Testing
·          Final Commissioning and Handover

 

'The Solution'

To bring together a five-storey stand alone converted warehouse with such an advanced level of electronic integration a number of smart systems had to be used. Two major systems were chosen, AMX as the over-all control system because it brought the best customisation of graphics and flexible control capabilities to the home and Dynalite because it not only controlled all the different types of lighting throughout the home but allowed the connection of inputs and outputs to the environmental monitoring hardware; control of all motorised blinds, windows, roof, water and air pumps; complete customised and consolidation of switch plates capabilities and because it offered the most robust communications to master control systems (the AMX in this case)

By utilising these two major products at the heart of integration works, advanced automation scenarios were able to be setup and programmed to the clients requirements,   thus allowing AVD to control the environment.  For example:

  • With AVD’s unique Daikin D-Bacs Gateway (http://www.avd.com.au/solutions/), the resident is able to communicate directly to the Daikin VRV system and its 30 conditioned zones thus allowing the client to manually or automatically vary the temperature to each of the areas or the entire home.  As such when they see that the temperature in an area is too high they can open motorised louvres or if it is very hot they can open the 4m x 4m motorised glass roof to evacuate the air from the entire five-storey home.

  • On a cold day in the middle of winter they do the opposite by taking the hot air at the top of the building and venting it through 50mm pipes to the different areas of the house, depending on the temperature of that area.
  • Temperature sensors located at the top of the roof gauge the temperature within the residence and can automatically open or close windows and turn down the air conditioning should it be on.
  • Water catchment to the house is stored in total, in a 10,000 litre storm water detention tank and pumped to the different garden levels, including the roof garden.  Water storage capacity is monitored via the touch screen systems, as is the watering of the gardens located in the central atrium, ensuite and roof terrace.
  • A black water treatment plant has been allowed for, but at this stage has not been built.
  • Lighting levels and therefore power consumption is monitored with light outputs varied according to the amount of ambient light available.  This function can be overridden as required.

 

The AMX product allowed AVD to develop a custom Graphical User Interface (GUI) to meet the exacting design and functionality criteria. This was critical in order to achieve easy operation of the house.

At any one of the four touch screens, the owner is able to control every aspect of this home, from the initial control of the base and global functions through to drilling down to the finest detail of each system.

 

To achieve complete functionality the system consists of 139 custom designed GUI screens. However, only about 12 of these are needed to be used on a daily basis to achieve the majority of daily functions.

 

'The Unusual'

Unique to this residence is a cellar cut out of the natural sandstone bedrock located under the footpath of the street above. This natural grotto is perfect for storing wine as it requires no artificial ventilation or cooling to maintain temperatures as the rock face is always damp. Excess water is collected in a well and pumped out into the water collection tanks and used to water the gardens. Low temperature lighting has also been added so as not to increase the humidity in the room.

 

‘The Construction Process’

What started as an old warehouse, ended up as a five-storey luxury residence with 900 square metres of living space.

During the initial design phase it was realised that construction of this five storey unique environment would prove to be very difficult as the entire demolition of existing and construction of new works would need to occur within the confines of the structure itself as the residence was constrained by common walls to neighbours each side, a very narrow lane to the rear and a busy street with very restricted access to the front. It had also been given a Heritage title; therefore the façade and remaining three walls had to remain in tact.

This posed a logistical nightmare for Architect, Builder, Engineers and trades people alike as working in this environment, let alone taking delivery of and installing anything from concrete and steel work to electrical services and finishes trades, proved to be very demanding.

 

‘AVD’s Verdict’

“We at AVD are constantly pushing the envelope and we approach each new project with as if it was our very first – we look at it with fresh eyes so that we can devise integration solutions that best suit the client’s needs as well as the residence’s needs and aesthetics.  For us no two homes are ever the same, the only consistence is the way we approach our projects using our highly successful seven-step methodology as outlined in our White Paper, The Architect’s Guide to Home Automation. By carefully following these strategies we are able to come in on time and on budget, every time.” said Sandy Howard, Managing Director AVD. 

“We are very proud of our energy-efficient residence. It’s the way of the future’’ he said.

 

‘The Client's Verdict’

“The way in which we are able to maintain a constant level of air temperature throughout the house with electronic and motorised devices, means we hardly ever have the need for our ducted air-conditioning system. Remarkably, due to the intricate way AVD has designed the advanced level of integration of all the products, this all happens with very little input from us. A truly energy-efficient home!” (Client’s name withheld).

 

‘The System Components’

Timing

  • Documentation Period: 12 months
  • Construction Period: 18 months
  • Fit-Off: 3 months

 

Electrical

  • 1 dedicated distribution rooms
  • 250 Amp 3 Phase power supply
  • 50 kVA 3 Phase Uninterrupted Power Supply
  • Surge protection

 

Infrastructure

  • Main & Sub mains cabling: 204 meters
  • Lighting cable: 1813 meters
  • Power cable: 1243 meters
  • Security cable: 2456 meters
  • Cat 5e cable: 2257 meters
  • Cat 6 cable: 2021 meters
  • RG-6 Co Axial cable: 2416 meters
  • Conduit: 806 meters
  • Cable tray: 398 meters
  • Cable ties: 3,864
  • Power points: 139

 

Security

  • Tecom Challenger Version 9
  • 11 areas
  • 54 Plus Inputs
  • Extensive CCTV System

 

Lighting

  • Dynalite lighting system
  • 469 light fittings
  • 85 individual areas
  • 2 networks
  • 37 custom switch plates
  • 106 dimmer channels
  • 77 relay channels
  • 9 base areas
  • 264 programmed lighting scenes

 

Data Network

  • 4 Netgear 24 port switches
  • 29 cabled points
  • Extensive WAN
  • ADSL2+

 

Communications

  • Panasonic TDA 200 Digital Hybrid Phone System
  • 12 digital 6-line LCD handsets
  • DECT Cordless Solution with 5 base stations
  • 2 custom front door stations

 

Motorised Devices

  • 4 blinds
  • 2 sets of ventricle louvres
  • 1 glass roof
  • 3 doors
  • 1 Gate
  • 25 Zones Floor Heating
  • 11 Exhaust Fans
  • 1 Gate

 

HVAC

  • Daikin VRV System
  • 30 Zones
  • AVD Daikin DBACS Gateway Interface to AMX Touch Screens
    • Current Room Temperature
    • Room Set Temperature
    • AC On/Off
    • Mode Heat/Cool - (Has to be operating in Master Mode)
    • Fan Status High/Low

 

MATV/CATV

  • 9 Ikusi 7MHz Stereo Modulators
  • 3 Foxtel Digital Inc IQ Boxes
  • 6 Distributed DigitalView HDTV STU's
  • 9 TV Points

 

Audio Visual

  • 11 Zones of distributed audio
  • 3 Axium Pre-Power Amps
  • 2 Home Theatre areas
  • 1 x Axonics Media Server
  • 8 Sonance 625T Speakers
  • 14 Sonance Virtuoso  Speakers
  • 5 Sonance Cinema 2 Speakers
  • 2 Sonance Cinema 2 Subwoofers
  • 2 x Integra 8.8 Integrated Surround Amp Receiver
  • 3 x 42 inch Pioneer Plasma Screens
  • 1 x 50 inch Pioneer Plasma Screen
  • 1 x Ultra Lift Plasma Vertical Lifter
  • 4 Philips Pronto Remote Controls

 

Control Systems

  • 4 AMX 15” Modero Touch Screens
  • 3 AMX NI-700's
  • 1 AMX NI-3000
  • 2 Multinet 4 port RS-232 to TCP-IP
  • 1 x 3GHz Server – Remote Access and Remote monitoring
  • 2 AV AutoPatch Matrix Switchers
  • 139 Custom Screens for the Graphical User Interface
  • 724 Custom Buttons
  • RS-232/485
  • TCP-IP
  • IR/RF to RS-232

‘Links’

AVD Australia
www.avd.com.au

Project Connection Australia
www.project-connection.com.au

AVD Solutions
http://www.avd.com.au/solutions/

AVD Australia’s White Paper, The Architect’s Guide to Home Automation http://www.avd.com.au/registration.html

 


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