Smart Building Automation: the future of holistic energy, lighting, security and heating management.


Think of smart homes and you’ll likely think about the Nest thermostat, Philips Hue light bulbs, Amazon Echo, a Smart TV or even a fridge that can compile your shopping list… But how much value does this technology offer the building’s owners and occupiers? For the idea of smart cities to thrive, we need to not only look at smart homes but smart buildings too. For buildings to be truly smarter for their owners and occupiers the market needs to look at adopting a more holistic approach to automation - instead of separating the control and monitoring of energy usage, lighting, security, HVAC, access etc. If the owner or occupier of a building knows that the HVAC unit is using an immense amount of power to cool down rooms in the afternoon due to the sun’s position, then it may be more cost-effective to introduce smart blinds that still allow light in but close at certain times of the day to prevent the room from getting too warm, putting less strain on the AC. The value of such a holistic system means zones in a building aren’t being cooled or heated if no one is using them, lights aren’t being left on at full brightness when they aren’t needed, ultimately saving money on energy and electricity bills, while reducing the building’s carbon footprint. Smart buildings are completely responsive to the occupants and how they use these spaces. 

Who should attend this session?

People wanting to know more about the benefits of holistic smart automation for lighting, security, blinds, HVAC and more. This could include developers, M&E designers, architects, heating engineers, tenants/occupiers or property/facility management companies.

What will delegates learn from this session?

Delegates will learn about the value proposition of a centrally-managed automation solution for lighting, heating, security, HVAC, blinds, access control and more, as well as how these features work seamlessly together, sharing information to create truly smart buildings.

Why is this issue of interest to delegates?

Smarter buildings are becoming more and more of a necessity for those responsible for building design and management, rather than just something out of the ordinary that appears in a special architectural digest feature for example. Whether there is a need to increase the building’s marketability and rental appeal or to reduce its carbon footprint, we need more smart buildings in our cities. 


Philipp Schuster, UK Managing Director at Loxone

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Philipp is the UK Managing Director for Loxone, the leading smart home manufacturer in Europe. With almost a decade of experience in smart home automation, Philipp holds a first class degree in MEng Electronic Engineering and Cybernetics and has proven his talents for project management, embedded systems and control engineering.

As a member of both the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET), Philipp is dedicated to advancing technological innovation with fully integrated smart home experiences.