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Home automation for townhouses

by Mark Rowe

Futurehome is a new collection of houses offering environmental sustainability. These three and four bedroom townhouses at the Elephant Park development in southeast London are built to the Passivhaus standard, a low-energy construction scheme.

To help ensure their sustainability after completion, they have been fitted with Comelit home automation products, which allow residents to control and monitor their energy usage, as well as lights, heating and comfort cooling. Simplehome is a new way for residents to manage their living environment and is easy to install and use.

Each system is controlled by an Icona Manager, which has a 4.3-inch 16:9 touchscreen colour display and features sensitive touch technology, LED backlighting and swipe functionality. Users of the Icona Manager – which can be semi flush-mounted, wall-mounted or desk-based – can programme, monitor and control home automation devices, while extra services and devices can also be added to the system.

Heat and light

Comelit One switches have been incorporated into the system to control the lighting scenarios in the living areas, and there is a serial bridge to enable residents to control and programme their system via a smartphone or tablet. The heating is controlled in zones and the Icona Manager also monitors energy consumption.

Jeremy King, National Specification Manager at Comelit, said: “We are delighted to have been involved in this prestigious scheme, which puts sustainability at the heart of its design and construction. Comelit home automation is playing its part in controlling and monitoring energy use in the Futurehomes at Elephant Park.”

The homes are part of a £2 billion regeneration of Elephant & Castle by Lendlease and Southwark council.


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