﻿Jung future proofs new offices behind historic building facade
Jung KNX integrated building technology has helped create future-proofed modern offices in a landmark building on the Isle of Man — and been named as project of the year by the KNX (UK) Association.
Behind the two original facades of the Old Court House in the financial district of Douglas is a new 2600 m2 building with three floors of offices, plus basement parking and roof terrace.
From an early stage, Castano, the building owner, wanted a system that would enable tenants to adapt the open-plan office space to their future needs and provide a means of integrating and controlling building services.
Systems integrator Building Evolution designed the project, linking a variety of JUNG components with interfaces to Daikin VRV air conditioning, a Trend-controlled ventilation system and Durable Technologies DLC1000 lighting controllers.
Wieland Gesis flat cabling was installed above the ceiling grid, carrying the KNX bus and 3-phase power so that both could be easily provided as and when office space is divided into smaller areas.
On each of the three main office levels, a Jung touch panel provides control of HVAC and lights, which can be further controlled locally by presence detectors.
Lighting in the main entrance, staircases and car park is controlled by a combination of time clocks and movement detection.
KNX is also used for testing emergency lighting using key switches connected to binary inputs.
Jung KNX/IP routers are used on each level of the building as part of a dedicated KNX over IP LAN backbone. There is an interface with the Daikin VRV system via the BACnet protocol. Jung Facility Pilot provides facilities managers with information via a touch screen in the wall.
Nigel Stafford, managing director of Building Evolution, says, ‘I have worked with Jung for a long time, and I am familiar with the quality of its products and technical support.’