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ABB welcomes introduction of global building automation technical specification in New Zealand


ABB endorses the decision to adopt the global ISO/IEC14543-3 standard for building automation that is best known as the backbone of the KNX standard, as an Australian and New Zealand Technical Specification. 

The adoption of this global standard locally validates ABB’s strategy of developing intelligent building automation solutions based on the global KNX standard, ensuring ABB’s industry-leading KNX badged products and systems are now tested and certified compliant for use in the emerging smart home and intelligent building control market in New Zealand. 

Implementation of the Australian and New Zealand Technical specification based on the international standard ISO/IEC14543-3 for the building automation market in Australia and New Zealand will benefit systems integrators, home and commercial building owners, facility managers and the people who work in the buildings. 

Buildings – be they single-family home or a multi-story office complex – are one of the most significant sources of energy consumption. Building system engineering supported by intelligent and networked room and whole-building controllers, can contribute significantly to conservative and requirement-based energy use. 

Utilising solutions that comply with the international specification will ensure interoperability of devices, regardless of the manufacturer, and future proof buildings. In Australasia, until now, the absence of a rec-ognised standard for the building and home automation sector has allowed situations where various au-tomation control philosophies can be present in a building, even in a single room. The lack of a conver-gence across disciplines of a building’s requirements to a common platform created an unavoidable duplication of resources and incurs additional costs to the integrator and building owner. In part, due to additional wiring and equipment requirements and the increased knowledge base necessary for different programming tools as well as programming software. 

Intelligent building systems technology that is based on ABB i-bus® KNX ensures the building remains up to date and profitable as it enables energy savings in the double-figure percentage range and is based on the worldwide standard for KNX technology (and now the Australian and New Zealand Tech-nical Specification). The amortisation period is reduced and significant savings are created over the entire life cycle, planning stage and construction phase, and during selling, leasing and operation. 

“The future for ABB is very bright in the growing connected living market with our intelligent home and building automation solutions that are compliant and are ready for use in Australia,’’ said Chris Thomas, Local Sales and Marketing Manager for Electrification Products division in New Zealand.  We will be showcasing ABB’s intelligent building systems today (8th May 2018) at ABB Customer World at SkyCity Convention Centre in Auckland.

In partnership with ABB, the first KNX certified training centre in Australia opened in 2012 at RMIT Uni-versity, allowing electrical technicians and undergraduates to study the world’s number one open-architecture building control system. The training facility, certified by the International KNX Association in Brussels, is an extension of ABB’s commitment to engineering research and development in Australia. 

KNX is the first globally standardized system for the automation of residential and non-residential build-ings in accordance with the international standard (ISO/IEC 14543-3), the European standard (CENELEC EN 50090, CEN EN 13321-1 and 13321-2), the Chinese standard (GB/Z 20965) and the US standard (ANSI/ASHRAE 135).

Globally the home automation market is expected to grow to more than $100 billion by 2022 according to industry analysts. ABB’s smarter home and building solutions are in a range of applications including single homes, apartment blocks, hotels, commercial buildings and entertainment venues. A market lead-er in smart building technology for more than 30 years, its extensive product range includes: energy metering; temperature and ventilation systems; security, access, lighting and entertainment controls; electronic wiring accessories; control panels and software platforms.

Notes about the standards: Standards Development and Accreditation Committee (SDAC) and Stand-ards Australia have decided to approve the publication of ISOIEC 14543-3 (Parts 1-6) as an Australian Technical Specification. This document is one level below a full Australian/New Zealand standard. To include official definition of an Australian Technical Specification. After a period of time an Australian Technical Specification would generally have a new project proposal to have it superseded to become a full standard based upon two years of use and experience in industry provided no major issues are en-countered in using the specification.

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