Electrical Contracting News (ECN) July 2017 - Page 51

HOME AUTOMATION & INTELLIGENT BUILDINGS as noted in the introduction but worth repeating, it is important to understand that the term ‘smart building’ actually applies to a number of different criteria – it isn’t just about automation! I would therefore argue that it’s important to apply the principles of intelligent construction to the cabling methodology applied to the building. One key advantage of a smart approach to cabling is the ability to reduce the overall costs of construction for the end client. Use of a structured wiring system with ‘plug and play’ connectivity, supplied complete to site for easy connection, has been shown to generate a significant reduction in installation time. Experience across many such projects has confirmed that savings of 70 per cent in installation time are typical when structured wiring systems are used. When this data is analysed intelligently, by considering the slightly higher capital costs of structured wiring compared to traditional wiring, there is still typically an average 30 per cent saving on final installed cost. This clearly sits well with the general desire to create smarter buildings at a lower cost, without compromising on quality. The fact that it delivers significant savings for electrical contractors, helping to sharpen their competitive edge, is also very welcome. Plus, of course, the fact that the end client ends up with a better solution is a good way to encourage repeat business. These benefits were clearly illustrated during a refurbishment project at 30 Broadwick Street in Soho, London, where our Metalynx2 modular wiring system was the preferred choice for all power and lighting distribution. As Robert Biddle, project manager at BAM Construction, comments, ‘We required a system that could be delivered to meet our tight deadlines and Wieland’s Metalynx2 system fitted ou '&VbW&fV7Fǒfr77FV'&fR6FR&RFW7FVBB&Rv&VBvVBW2F֗6RFR&GV7FfG6FR( 6֖&ǒW6Rb7G'V7GW&VBv&p77FV"&VgW&&6VBBPVFFRF6VVBdR6G&7F w&GFR'&FW'2VWBFR&V7N( 0WG&VVǒFvBFVFƖW27W'B`F2FRWFǖ"77FVv2&V@W"6&7VBW"F7G&'WF&&BF0V&VBVV7G&62F6VV7BFR&WV&V@&W2vrFW6FVBFP6&W2B766FVB'G2&WV&VBf V6'BbFR"FFFFR6fw26&P6WfVB'rW6RbFW fFfRFWfVVG27V62f@6&R6V7F77FVFB6&W0'W6&"B6&RFR&GV7BFW6RW6R6fRFfbFF"vFW&6r6F7BFBVƖ֖FW27WGFpB7G&rb6&RFW&V'&VGV6p7FFFR66FW&&ǒv7BsW"6VB2fW&vR6fp7&72GW2b&V7BFW&R&R6W'F&V7BGW2vW&RFR&VVfG26&PWfVw&VFW"'fW2WW26VFPv&ƖvFr( 6VN( GR'VFw0vFv&b76W2vW&Rv&FRƖvFrv&WV&R7V6Ɨ7B66W70WVVB7V666W22vV0&VGV6r7FFFRBFR&676W76VBW'v&766FVBvFv&rBVvBFFF6fw2&P6WfVB'֖֗6rF7'WFbFPW&F2Bw&VBWfVbv66G&'WFW2FFP7&F2bFR67G'V7FGW7G'BG27W7FW'2F&VGV6RFRfW&67G2b67G'V7FFW&R&R66V"&VVfG2FFVw&FrFffW&VBGW2b6&ƖpvV76&RF֗6RFRVff6V7&VVfG2WRbF2vVB&PFRW6Rb7G'V7GW&VBv&rFBǐ6V7BFR7WǒbƖvBfGFw2f6VG26vW"B6VW"66WG3'WB6FVw&FRBvFDĒ&6V@&w&&R6G&77FV6vR6WV7BF6VRw&vrW6PbWFFvFFVƖvVB6W&6BGW7G&'VFw22vR&R&VG6VVrFRFW7F26V7F"FVVB&FW"F&V&WF&RFW&6W&6'VFw2W7B&RWVV@vFFVƖvVB'VFrWFFFPFVG26VB7V677FV2&Rv6FR7FF&6FV7GW&RBG0gV7FƗGW7BV&RV6BV7Ff6F&FW"FVW6RvF&Fǒ6vrW6vR&WV&VVG2आW&R"v&VW72'W2FvW26&R'VBFFR77FVVff6VFǒ@Br67BvW6rVrBFV6wFFVƗfW"FRfW&ƗGF@FRVB6ƖVB&WV&W2f6ƗFFr6vPv7BFW&R&R6V"&VVfG2FB6&R6WfVBGW&rFRF7FFbFR6W'f6W2FW&R&RgW'FW"vp&VVfG2FB7G'V7GW&VBv&r6'&rF'VFrF&VvG2ƖfRf"7F6RB2fW'VƖVǒF@6W&6GW7G&'VFrv&VV6vVBF&VvG2ƖfRG6ǐFW&Rv&R6vW2'VFrW@BW6vRWfW'fWrV'0BFR6W'f6W2vgFVVVBF&R&V6fwW&V@F66FFRFW6P6vW2RWGfFvR`6'B&6F6&Ɩr2FR&ƗGF&VGV6RFRfW&67G2b67G'V7Ff"FRVB6ƖVBvFG&FFv&r7V6&V6fwW&FvVB&RFR67V֖rWV6fRBF7'WFfRFFR7FfFW2FR'VFr6G&7B7G'V7GW&VBv&p'&w2W&VBfW&ƗGFBW2@fW'V7F&V6fwW&RƖvFr"FW 6vW"F66FFR6vW2'VFrW6vR"WBF2V2FR'VFrW&F"6V6ǒFB6W'f6W2F66FFP6vW2FFR'VFrBFRvB0W6VB6FBFR6W'f6W2&VƖvV@FFR&WV&VVG2bFR'VF~( 067WG2F2&ƗGf"( 6FVW06֗76~( 27&V6vǒ&VpFVFVB'&R6gg'VFrvW'0BW&F'2&VfW"FR6VG2b7G'V7GW&VBv&r77FV6&R&WW6VBvW&V2vF6fVFv&rFW&P266FW&&Rv7FRGW&r&Wv&p&V7B66WVVFǒ7G'V7GW&VBv&pV2F&VGV6Rv7FRVWB&V76ƖpF&vWG2B7W'G2FR7W7F&ƗG&V7FfW2bFW6vrFVƖvVB'VFw25T4dTEU$PvVN( 2WFǖ GV"v&p77FVv2FP&VfW'&VB66Pf"vW"@ƖvFrF7G&'WFখFR&VgW&&6V@b3'&Gv67G&VWB6शVWr6RvF6vPvR7G'V7GW&VBv&r2'F@&RF&fFr6'FW"&6FG&FF6&Ɩr77FV2B26'FBF&Rv&Rb6vp&WV&VVG2FB&W7VBg&FPG&GV7FbWrFV6vW266RB2TBƖvFrv62rFRƖvFpFV6wb66Rf"FP&GbWrƖvFp7FF2BƖvFpWw&FW22vV2FPVW&w6frBvW ƖfR&VVfG2bT@ƖvFrFR6W ƖvB6W&6W27W'@FRW6Rb&RF67&VW@ƖvFr77FV2vF67BV֖&W2धVǒ#rS