Smart Building

Showcasing the possibilities

Author: Michael Dewald, Sales Business Southwest, WAGO
Issue 01-2019: read all articles online read as pdf

Energy efficiency, comfort and security – Powerful building automation makes LAE Engineering’s new building stand out, based on the WAGO I/O SYSTEM 750.

In 2017, LAE Engineering, an engineering service provider specializing in building technology, industry and power generation, decided that it was high time for new corporate headquarters. “It had reached the point where our employees were distributed among five locations, and we were running out of space,” remembers Werner Rensch, managing director and co-owner of the company based in Wiesloch, in the Rhein/Neckar region of Germany.

WAGO Showcasing the possibilities

“We wanted to construct a building that could serve as a reference for all our divisions,” says LAE Managing Director Werner Rensch.

LAE’s main concern when drawing up its plans was to create a modern working environment for its employees. Today, the building provides space everywhere for lounges and meeting islands, and the teams have a free choice of how they want to organize the rooms –as group workstations, open-space areas or individual offices.

Geothermal heating and cooling

LAE relies on efficient geothermal energy for heating and cooling. Eleven bore holes extending up to 100 meters into the earth ensure hot water at a constant 14 degrees. In winter, this water is used to heat the rooms with floor heating via a heat pump; in summer, the same system cools the rooms.

With its modern heating system, the building meets the requirements of the KfW Efficiency House 55 standard, which means that it consumes 45 percent less energy for heating than does a building constructed according to the current standard.

LAE is certified as a WAGO solution provider for the building technology business area. “We therefore naturally used solutions based on the WAGO I/O System 750 for building automation,” remarks Rensch. A node with a 750-831 controller is located on each of the four floors. A superordinate PFC200 controller is also installed on the ground floor, which controls, for example, the geothermal system and receives and distributes the data from the weather station installed on the roof.

WAGO Showcasing the possibilities

LAE’s approximately 65 employees can look forward to a new, ultra-modern working Environment.

Controllers manage all disciplines

The controllers on the floors control all other building technology disciplines. “The great advantage of the WAGO system is that it provides the right interface for practically every system,” Rensch explains.

For example, the SMI bus controls the blinds, which are activated by the WAGO controllers via this bus depending on the position of the sun. The data for this purpose comes from the connected weather station. The employees can also adjust the blinds according to their own needs and thus override the controller’s automatic function.

The lights are controlled in a similar way. “All lights throughout the building have a DALI interface,” says the managing director.

Rearranging rooms without problems

All switches and pushbuttons for lights, blinds and heating as well as the room thermostats are based on the EnOcean protocol. This wireless protocol offers a high degree of flexibility, because the controls do not have to be wired to the controller. “This allows us to quickly reorganize the space as needed,” Rensch explains. “Flexibility was a top priority for us, and so we don’t have any supporting elements on the floors outside the stairwell.”

All walls have a lightweight design and can be repositioned. The EnOcean-based controls are then easily remounted on the wall and assigned to the lamps, heating valves and blinds in the new areas. “The new assignment is made in the controller and takes only a few minutes to complete,” Rensch explains.

About Perpetuum

Perpetuum is EnOcean's customer magazine focusing on solutions and products for energy harvesting technology. The technology delivers the data for the Internet of Things in a resource-saving, self-powered and maintenance-free way. In doing so, it enables the smart use of buildings, cities and industrial plants. In the categories Internet of Things, Smart Building, Smart Lighting and Smart Home the EnOcean's partners in particular have their say highlighting their expertise.

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