GEZE products are winners of the German Innovation Award 2018

"The German Innovation Award seeks out details, processes and products that impress in terms of their impact and added value," explains the initiator of the awards, the German Design Council. At the German Innovation Award 2018, the expert jury announced the GEZE ActiveStop door damper fitted on the door frame, and the climate-active façade system solution with GEZE IQ box KNX, as winners in the Building & Elements category.

Innovative products and solutions

The German Innovation Award recognises innovative products and solutions from all industries that stand out from current solutions due to their significantly greater benefit. It thus makes exceptional services visible to a broader public. GEZE has numerous innovations that make our lives better, easier and more pleasant, and that shape the future. Sometimes this is immediately clear, as in the case of the GEZE ActiveStop door damper. We often enjoy the added convenience or the enhanced security of a product, without being able to imagine the innovative strength behind it. For many of us, this is the case with the climate-active façade with GEZE IQ box KNX.

A brand new ‘door feeling’ with GEZE ActiveStop door damper

GEZE ActiveStop door damper, fitted on the door frame

The GEZE ActiveStop door damper, fitted on the door frame. Photo: GEZE GmbH

The door damper offers unique convenience for doors. With GEZE ActiveStop, room doors are stopped gently, closed quietly or kept open with ease. Whether you give the door a gentle or a hearty push – the system opens it safely and independently, up to the individually adjustable hold position. At the same time, the draw-in damper brakes the swing door at the right time and keeps it safely open in the required position. This is also an advantage if the door threatens to slam shut in an uncontrolled way when there is ventilation. GEZE ActiveStop ensures doors can be held open safely. Thanks to active damping, the door closes slowly and quietly, preventing noisy slams as well as unsightly marks on walls, and potential injury. Doors run freely at between 25 and 60 degrees. The door damper reliably catches them from 25 or from 60 degrees. In addition to the version integrated into the door leaf, there is now also a retrofit version fitted on the door frame. As it can be stuck in place and then simply removed again, it is the ideal solution for rental accommodation.

Climate-active façade with GEZE IQ box KNX

Climate-active façade with GEZE IQ box KNX.

Climate-active façade with GEZE IQ box KNX. Photo: GEZE GmbH

In building automation, a climate-active smart façade satisfies modern demands, such as energy-efficient ventilation, a healthy indoor climate and the monitoring of window statuses. This is achieved through an intelligent combination of window drives and sensors. These can be operated intelligently via the IQ box KNX interface module, integrated into the KNX communication standard. IQ windowdrive series products can be integrated into KNX building systems as direct bus participants for controlled natural ventilation. Window statuses can thus be displayed, operated and monitored centrally. The then automated windows allow direct communication with other components in the KNX building system, such as KNX push buttons and KNX sensors. It means that all windows in a building can be closed centrally at the push of a button. If a KNX weather station or a KNX air quality sensor reports rainfall, wind, an excessive concentration of CO2, or a temperature difference, the window drives will receive the signal to close or open via the IQ box KNX. Via precise activation of the window drives, the module enables energy saving potential and offers additional safety: after completing a command, the window status is reported back to the KNX building system or building management system. More detailed window information is also made available via the IQ box KNX, such as the precise opening width.

About the German Innovation Award

The German Innovation Award is an accolade granted by the German Design Council, which was initially established by the German Bundestag. Today, it is an independent and international institution that recognises competitiveness. The jury is made up of experts from industry, science, institutions and the financial sector. Assessment critera include power of innovative, user benefits, cost-effectiveness, technical quality and sustainability.