Product of the Year:
KNX RF Top Unit: a new KNX system that can be installed with a wireless network using modern KNX RF technology
Project of the Year:
The KNX UK Awards celebrate the best, most creative and technically skilled smart building control integrators, manufacturers and training centres, not to mention the many individuals who go above and beyond to promote the growth of KNX as the communications standard.
Following a final round of decision making, the winners will be announced in April 2022. Jacob Muijnck, Managing Director, Gira UK said: “To be shortlisted for two highly coveted KNX UK Awards is a real testament to our commitment as smart home pioneers both nationally and internationally. We’re very proud to be positioned at the forefront of design and technology for the ‘Smart Home’, allowing modern building design to support personal preferences, smart living and energy efficiency.”
“As consumers embrace the benefits of technology throughout their lives, we are working closely with integrators, architects and the design community to support, inspire and importantly, offer quality solutions to the construction market that promote future-proof design and excellence.”
Gira has been shortlisted for ‘Product of the Year’ in recognition of the new Gira KNX RF top unit which bring new design freedom to the home. Now new KNX systems can be installed with a wireless network using RF technology. A wired Smart Home system included right from the start of the design phase is now part of the high standard in new construction projects. Yet, in existing buildings, more and more owners are also looking to install the latest building and control technology.
However, many are put off by the effort involved in installing the BUS cable. For electricians, this is a time-consuming task: walls must be laboriously prised open and replastered, which means noise and dirt. Gira now has a solution to avoid all of this. As a provider of high-quality solutions, Gira recommends its wireless KNX RF system. With little effort, it can be used to remotely and intelligently control lights, blinds, heating, scenes, etc. in buildings. For this, the Gira KNX RF system simply uses the 230 V installation available in every building and the flush-mounted inserts of the Gira System 3000. And connecting Gira KNX RF products to wired KNX installations to expand existing systems is now also quick and easy. Data security is guaranteed by the KNX Secure standard.
Gira has also been shortlisted for ‘Project of the Year’ bringing the latest technology to a truly iconic new build property in London, located on the iconic Kings Road in Chelsea – Designed by Nick Shipp Architects. Bringing the latest technology to a truly iconic new build property in London, this property is located on the iconic Kings Road in Chelsea and designed by Nick Shipp Architects. Setting a landmark design standard, Essoldo House is a corner building on Chelsea’s cosmopolitan high street, which boasts eleven extraordinary homes, in addition to a remarkable roof terrace, cinema and three retail units on the ground floor. This luxurious high-rise building is situated on the south side of Kings Road, no. 279, which sits right between Old Church Street and Paultons Square and close to the world-famous Bluebird restaurant and café.
Vibrant, contemporary and highly sophisticated, Chelsea is one of London’s hot-spots with Kings Road being regarded as the suburbs beating heart brimming with restaurants, bars, designer shops and art galleries. On the corner of Old Church Street, a former vintage cinema has been transformed into a four-storey property called Essoldo House.
Designed by Nick Shipp Architects, this property defines the overall streetscape with its striking contemporary design and distinct tower-like bay window. The eleven residential units comprise of three maisonettes and eight apartments, ranging from around 70-145 square metres in size. They all combine 21st century design and comfort with the character of traditional Chelsea, offering at least one balcony or roof terrace with views over the Borough. T
he building has underground parking and, of course, offers a concierge service for residents Behind the scenes, a user-friendly Gira KNX system works in tandem with the Gira X1 mini server and the Gira S1, remote access module to ensure equally smooth and secure networking and control wherever the homeowner is. The switches and socket outlets of the Gira E2 design line in stainless steel also match the high-quality elegance of the interior in a special building. All Gira products were installed by specialist system integrator Marquee Home Limited, who are part of the Gira System Integrator Partner Program.
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