Integrating connected systems in buildings
Published: 08 September, 2016
A code of practice for connected systems integration in buildings has been published by the Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET). Its publication follows widespread consultation among technical experts, and it aims to promote good practice in the specification, design and integration of connected systems in buildings. The guide provides reference to practitioners on design, integration practice and technological considerations that will help to meet key functionality and customer requirements.
This code of practice covers common challenges relating to the built environment and technical installation, with the aim of enabling improved connectivity, communications networking and integrating connected systems for user access in residential and commercial buildings. It focuses on currently available technology and the process for integrating existing technologies.
Looking at the needs of the users and the requirements of the technology itself, this code of practice outlines the planning steps essential to the success of a connected systems integration project, including recommendations for considerations around such necessities as cable routes, equipment space and ventilation, network bandwidth and power distribution. It also examines common areas of misunderstanding and myths.
Sam Woodward, customer education leader at Lutron EA and lead author of the guidance, said, ‘As technology develops and the demand for smarter, interconnected technology in our homes and buildings increases, the need for clear guidelines is essential. This guide aims to provide clarity on best practices for achieving a successful installation, with both wired and wireless systems, and to support engineers so that they can provide robust and reliable building systems.