A look inside South Africa’s most awesome automated house
Jannie and Loanne van Zyl’s house in Plattekloof is awesome. It is modern, has great views of Cape Town, and has ample space for everything you need. Its standout feature, however, is that it is one of the most automated homes in the world.
Over 80km of conduits went into the structure, and the final conduits that enter the control room from each floor are 110mm in diameter. “When we pulled all the cables these were completely used with no spare capacity,” he said. The cabling of van Zyl’s house measures into hundreds of kilometres.
There are 500 independent electrical circuits, 40 AV sources and 32 AV destinations, 96 Ethernet points, 40 telephone extensions, and 192 security sensors.
Van Zyl said the coolest feature of the house is that the occupants don’t know they live in an automated home. “It just works. Things just happen at the right time and in the right circumstances,” he said.
“The kids grew up never knowing that one should switch a light or TV on or off, for example. Lights automatically go on or off and at the required level depending on where you move and how dark it is.”
|A look inside South Africa’s most awesome automated house
This South African house was voted one of the top 10 most automated homes in the world by CNBC.