Simon Johnson, Sales Engineer at Theben and KNX UK board member, looks at why contractors need to keep an open mind when it comes to learning new skills.
For the vast majority of you ready this you’ll be aware that you’re already in the great position of being a skilled tradesperson, but you also need to have an eye on the future. The industry is changing and the way your mentors are doing things now may not be the way your career is going to pan out.
We’re now onto the 18th edition of the BS7671 wiring regulations and, while the changes over the years have dramatically improved safety and installation standards, the basic wiring structure has pretty much remained the same. Sticking with that, I’m afraid, isn’t going to be your key to a successful and prosperous future.
Going forward modern buildings, both residential and commercial, will need to be controlled more intelligently and efficiently to meet increasingly demanding energy efficiency regulations. Our existing installation habits simply will not achieve these demands. We’ll be relying on the next generation of installers – that’s you – to learn and adopt new approaches.
Which route should you choose?
Surrounded by the glitz and PR of the high-end controls industry it can be hard to choose what to adopt, especially as things change so fast. To my mind, the open and future-proof KNX approach is the only logical answer.
KNX is an open protocol for bus wired systems, developed over the past 27 years. It has adapted over time into a very flexible, scalable and intelligent wiring system with over 400 manufacturers now investing in and developing KNX-approved devices that are guaranteed to work together. Using KNX you’re free to choose the mix of devices you want and programme them using the KNX software.
There are numerous training centres that offer the KNX training in different formats, with additional units on HVAC and manufacture-specific training days as options. The benefits of adding KNX “Partner” status to your qualifications is that it will help open doors and could increase your future earnings potential.
KNX UK is the national association of KNX manufacturers, integrators, suppliers and training providers. We’d encourage any parties who are after more advice or direction to get in touch, as the members will be only too happy to help.
There are KNX UK members that offer training at all levels and on regular dates. Find out more by visiting: www.knxuk.org