How does a Smart Building work?
Unlike a traditional building, the Smart Building starts at the design stage and continues throughout its life cycle. It all starts with BIM (Building Information Modeling), a digital model that virtually reproduces the physical building. This model makes it possible to optimize the construction of the structure. In order to be shared and accessible by all stakeholders, this model is in an open format. The goal is to think the building according to its future uses (Building as a Service). The building thus becomes a platform of services that will evolve and be enriched over time to provide comfort to the occupants.
It integrates numerous technological tools to optimize energy consumption. The installation of this intelligent system relies mainly on the use of different sensors to collect data such as presence, CO2 level, temperature, humidity level or noise level. These technologies are particularly applicable to 4 areas:
– Security: connected systems are used to improve the safety of office buildings
– Energy consumption monitoring: to control the company is operating costs for heating and lighting
– Control tools: to improve occupant comfort, air quality control, building ventilation, water quality, and natural light exposure
– User comfort and services: booking meeting rooms or programmed heating, these services make the day-to-day work of teams more fluid.
Better energy performance
Smart Buildings allow reaching different energy objectives such as a considerable reduction of the carbon footprint as well as of the different energy expenses of the building. It is possible to know its consumption in real time but also to predict the operating and energy costs of the building thanks to AI. The heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems are less polluting and are adjusted to respect the temperature set points defined in accordance with the RE2020. In this way, the company can be part of a responsible consumption approach and optimally manage its consumption without affecting the well-being of users. Thus, the building preserves both the environment and the company’s expenses.
Moreover, for a company, integrating a smart building means obtaining numerous labels or certifications that will prove the green approach in which it is involved.
On a larger scale, the Smart Building can be applied to the city’s intelligent networks or Smart Grids, which connect buildings to each other and to their environment, for example to manage the distribution of energy on a neighborhood scale. In some cases, the same services can be deployed across an entire city, which is then beneficial for the whole community. These smart cities manage parking, public lighting and water networks in an intelligent and automatic way.
The well-being of the user
The first beneficiaries of Smart Buildings are the occupants, those who work in these connected spaces. It is important to offer them the best experience in using the infrastructure where they spend almost 90% of their time. With most of the controls being automated, this allows many actions to be performed remotely, which results in considerable timesaving’s for the users.
For employers, ensuring the well-being and safety of employees is becoming an important concern. Providing a comfortable working environment becomes a performance lever and helps retain talent within the company.
Thanks to the use of predictive maintenance, companies can also easily contribute to the comfort of their employees by having the heating, lights or even the elevator repaired before the breakdown occurs and thus avoid wasting time or inconveniencing the employee during his workday.
Adapting to new working methods
With the new working methods, the dimensioning of buildings becomes an essential issue since it allows making it more easily scalable. Indeed, thanks to the use of the digital twin, it is easier for a company to estimate, anticipate and refine the calculations of the restructuring costs, and to make a synthesis of the available and present lots in the building since everything is done on a single model.
The Smart Building adapts to modular workspaces and heterogeneous occupancy contexts. Teams are diversifying, as are the profiles of employees (in-house, mobile employees, service providers, etc.) and work methods are becoming more agile. With flex office, co-working, nomadic work and with more and more employees requesting telecommuting, work modes are changing and so are the needs of companies. By analyzing the needs of employees at work, it is possible to offer each occupant an ideal environment in various locations in the building. Nearly 80% of employees believe that the workspace has an impact on their efficiency. Gone are the days of providing fewer workstations than employees to save square footage and in its place are more spacious and inviting spaces that allow occupants to feel comfortable and ensure privacy throughout the day.
The Energy IP solution by ACOME
In order to meet the needs of companies, we offer a Building Management System solution based on PoE (Power over Ethernet) technology. We propose to improve the occupant’s comfort thanks to a connected management of his workspace to easily control his equipment such as blinds, lights and HVAC. For managers and business leaders, easy access to data collected through multi-sensors that detect presence, calculate the rate of CO2 in the air, the humidity level, and processed by our BOS (Building Operating System). The BOS represents the necessary link between a real building and its virtual twin, between a building and its data on the one hand, and services on the other. The objective of the BOS is to mutualize the flow of information between the sensors on the ground and the service applications.
Thus, the management of spaces can be facilitated by a better understanding of the occupants’ habits by their employers. Since our physical equipment is connected to its digital twins, we can propose a restructuring of spaces without even touching the false ceilings. If a meeting room is never or only minimally occupied, managers can decide to re-compartmentalize that space and transform it to meet the needs of the occupants.
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