What is KNX?

Over 20 years ago a number of home and building control manufacturers recognised the need for a single language for building control systems to allow each manufacturer's equipment to sucessfully comunicate with the others, and so an independant organisation was established, known as  EIB (European Installation Bus) to introduce and manage a global standard for products.  20 years on that standard, now known as KNX, has more than 200 compliant manufacturers producing over 7,000 products.

KNX is the only worldwide Standard for all applications in home and building control, ranging from lighting and shutter control to various security systems, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, monitoring, alarming, water control, energy management, metering as well as household appliances, audio and lots more.  The technology can be used in new as well as in existing homes and buildings.

KNX systems comply with the following international standards:

  • European Standard (CENELEC EN 50090 and CEN EN 13321-1).
  • International Standard (ISO/IEC 14543-3).
  • Chinese Standard (GB/Z 20965).
  • US Standard (ANSI/ASHRAE 135).

What are the benefits of using a KNX system?

The benefits of using a KNX based system are numerous.  Because KNX products are provided by a large number of manufacturers a much wider choice of products are available than with a single manufacturer, offering more functionality within your system as many different manufacturers' products may be connected together.  This means there are no limitatons to a single manufacturer or the way they think things should be done.  Also if a manufactuer ceases to trade or offer a particular product, the same or similar products are available from other manufacturers.