School in Zukowo with state-of-the-art building automation from ABB

2017-09-04 - Automatic temperature and lighting control, waste heat recovery, solar inverters and movement detectors are only some of the solutions installed at a primary school in Zukowo, northern Poland.

The entire technology and ABB i-bus® KNX building automation system were provided by ABB. Pupils, who start classes from September onwards, will be provided with perfect learning conditions.

The school in Zukowo will become one of the most technologically advanced educational institutions in Poland. As part of the project implemented by INLOGIC, a whole range of building automation solutions were installed in the school building, enabling the efficient control of lighting and air conditioning levels as well as building ventilation with the possibility to recover waste heat. All the solutions are based on ABB products controlled by ABB i-bus KNX building automation system.

“In Poland, there are still too few public facilities using advanced building automation capabilities. The intelligent system, which is distinguished by its simplicity and reliability, will operate according to a specific school schedule. The school’s headmaster will be able to manage the entire system, though everyday functions will not require any additional control,” said Tomasz Wieczorek, President of INLOGIC.

If pupils are to spend time in classrooms in an efficient and pleasant manner, it is really important to provide them with proper learning conditions, such as lighting and temperature levels. Each room in the school is equipped with an automated air conditioning control system, enabling optimal conditions during classes according to the school timetable. The following three temperature modes will be set in classrooms: comfort, holiday and anti-freeze. These modes will be activated depending on the classes scheduled and weather conditions. When windows or doors are opened somewhere, the heating will switch off or the heat delivery from the central heating system will be reduced. During holidays, when there will be no pupils in the classrooms for a prolonged time, the heating will reduce the temperature automatically.

“Educational institutions are a perfect place to apply intelligent building automation solutions. By setting optimal temperatures and lighting, pupils will be more focused, less sleepy, and consequently, their participation in classes will be more effective. This is also a perfect solution because of the possibility of adjusting all parameters to the school timetable,” explained Lukasz Bedzinski, Area Sales manager at ABB Electrification Products division, Poland.

“All rooms and passageways feature the best quality presence detectors, which will activate the appropriate lighting upon detecting movement in the building. They are designed to be a reliable guidance in the dark,” added Tomasz Wieczorek.

The KNX system also controls the lights in the sports hall. The outside lighting of the school’s grounds and the facade is controlled by an astronomical clock, which connects via the KNX system and ‘operates’ the lighting. Ventilation in the building, water heating temperature and the condition of fire dampers (smoke ventilation system) in air ducts are also controlled automatically. Moveable exterior shutters adapt to outdoor lighting conditions. They will make it possible to protect the building’s interior against excessive insolation and to reduce outside noise.

Solar panels generating additional power, which are controlled by ABB string inverters, have been installed on the school’s roof. By converting sunlight into electricity, the school will be able to generate energy to satisfy its own needs.

“This project clearly shows how it is possible to create integrated building automation systems with ABB products, making the facility intelligent and energy-efficient. We believe that school in Zukowo will pave the way for other educational institutions nationwide to take up the technology, demonstrating that innovative and modern solutions benefit above all the pupils themselves making the time spent at school more pleasant,” said Lukasz Bedzinski.

The project, which commenced in December 2016, was commissioned at the end of August. This means that from the beginning of the new school year, both pupils and teachers will be able to benefit from all the solutions applied.