Desert Rose House

Residential project in Wollongong, Australia

Project category Residential
Project type New project
Year of completion 2018
Size of project(m2) 1 – 100
Number of KNX devices used 26 – 100
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Twisted pair
Man hours 251 – 500
Man power 1 – 5
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Project characteristics

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Applications used

The icons marked in blue are the applications used in this project via KNX.

Heating, Ventilation & Air conditioning (HVAC)
Blind and Shutter Control
Security and Safety
Operation and Visualisation
Automation and Remote Access
Energy Management/Smart Metering

Detailed description

Energy Efficiency

The usage of automated functions already save energy in every installation. Especially the usage of KNX has a lot of potential for further energy savings, which can contribute to a better environmental footprint. Be extending KNX to more functions and applications, energy savings of up to 60% can be realised. Thanks to the flexibility of KNX, these functions can easily be implemented in this installation


Smart homes and buildings are always an upgrade in comparison to a conventional installation. Not only automated functions and a higher level of comfort contribute to a higher living standard, but also the possibility to be ready for coming innovations. Thanks to the usage of KNX, the door has been opened to integrate new innovative solutions, using the worldwide STANDARD for home and building control.

Ease of Use

By integrating KNX, we automatically experience a higher energy efficiency and comfort. Furthermore, by the possibility to use further devices, in order to make the usage of the project easier, we can look at further opportunity to even make the whole installation easier in usage.

Applications used

  • Lighting: Switching , Dimming , Automatic Occupancy Detection , Lighting Colour Control
  • Heating, Ventilation & Air conditioning (HVAC): Central & Automatic Control , Weather Dependent Control , Individual Room Control / Zone Control , Valve Drive Control / Fan Coil Control , CO2 / Humidity Measuring , Natural Ventilation
  • Blind and Shutter Control: Individual Control
  • Security and Safety: Smoke/Fire Detection
  • Operation and Visualisation: Switches / Push Buttons , Web Servers , Touch Panels & Display Panels , Tablets and smart phones
  • Automation and Remote Access: Internet Access , Remote Programming
  • Energy Management/Smart Metering: Metering , Data Logging , Visualisation , Current Detection , Peak Demand Monitoring , Load Shedding , Use of Renewable Energies , Battery Storage
  • Other: Home Appliances Control

Customer's description

The Desert Rose house is Team University of Wollongong (UOW), Australia’s entrant into the Solar Decathlon Middle East (SDME) competition 2018. The Desert Rose was designed and built by students from UOW as well as technical college TAFE New South Wales. Team UOW first built the Desert Rose in Wollongong, between Apr 2018 and Aug 2018. After its initially construction, the house was packed into 8 shipping containers and shipped to Dubai. In Nov 2018, 40 students from UOW and TAFE rebuilt the house in 15 days for the SDME competition. The Desert Rose was shown to perform extremely well in both the measured and judged contests, achieving second place overall with first place in innovation and comfort conditions. A key factor in Team UOW’s success was the use of KNX throughout the house. Using KNX, Team UOW was able to design a comfortable and healthy net-positive energy home that caters to the needs those living with age related disabilities, creating “a house for life”.

Contact information

Company name Desert Rose House
Company email
Company website
Contact name Brendan Banfield
Contact function System Integrator