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New guidance on the integration of connected systems in buildings

17 August 2016

New guidance which will provide engineers with the latest information on evolving building systems has been published by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

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The IET Code of Practice for Connected Systems Integration in Buildings has been published following widespread consultation among technical experts. It aims to promote good practice in the specification, design and integration of connected systems in buildings and provides reference to practitioners on design, integration practice and technological considerations which will help to meet key functionality and customer requirements.

It covers common built environment and technical installation challenges, with the aim of enabling improved connectivity, communications networking and connected systems integration 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 Ltd., 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.”

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