Pictured: Gary Warne, owner of Kenton House Electricals and Paul Kinghorn, general manager, KNX Building Technologies.
Alongside the divisions of Park Electrical Distributors sits My KNX Store, which includes the only academy in the whole of the North of England to offer specialist training courses to enable people to become KNX integrators. Electrican Gary Warne attended a full one-week course that provided him with the skills to install, programme and commission a full KNX in a domestic environment.
Gary, 48, formed his business Kenton House Electricals six years ago with the aim of looking for a niche in the market that differentiated him from the competition.
Based in Hetton-le-Hole, County Durham, Gary enjoyed projects that were based around the concept of the ‘smart home’ and demonstrated his skill in this area while working on the highly desirable Ramside Developments in Durham. It was while he was working at Ramside that he made contact with Park Electrical Distributors, which was also providing lighting design.
Gary comments: “It was while I built a relationship with Park that I began to understand the extent of the serious commitment to and level of investment the company was making in KNX, both as a stockist and the training it provided for people wishing to be KNX integrators.
“I quickly decided to pursue this avenue as it would equip me with invaluable new skills around the latest ‘smart homes’ technology and also give me the opportunity to work on larger projects. In a short space of time I have won high end housing projects and I am now also looking to open up the commercial market.”
My KNX Store runs a series of courses throughout the year, both full week training modules and bite-size tasters for those wishing to find out a little more about KNX before committing.
Paul Kinghorn, general manager, KNX Building Technologies says: “The syllabus for this course is designed by the KNX Association in Brussels and must be undertaken by all those wishing to install, program, commission and design KNX systems. We have invested in our training academy and feel we have an excellent resource and are well placed to serve delegates.”
With all necessary accommodation and transport links close by, the next course takes place on 23rd January 2017. Full details can be found at training.