Creating Self-maintaining Smart Buildings
Innovations in IT and technology for the built environment have accelerated the digitisation of Facility Management. This trend materialises in what is often referred to as ‘Smart Buildings’. It is striking to see that multiple definitions of ‘Smart Buildings’ or ‘Intelligent Buildings’ exist today, but one of the most practical ones is defined by the European Union:
“A smart building is highly energy efficient and covers its very low energy demand to a large extent by on-site or district system-driven renewable energy sources. A smart building (i) stabilises and drives a faster decarbonisation of the energy system through energy storage and demand-side flexibility; (ii) empowers its users and occupants with control over the energy flows; (iii) recognises and reacts to users’ and occupants’ needs in terms of comfort, health, indoor air quality, safety as well as operational requirements.” (ref: EU BUILD UP project).
This definition implies that availability of data forms the basis of Smart Buildings - data that describes the behaviour of systems in a building, and ultimately the behaviour of people using its facilities. This data brings together people, technology, and the built environment, creating a living, breathing environment that interacts with its occupants and vice versa.
It is estimated that we utilise only 10% of the data that is available to us. To truly leverage the potential of Smart Buildings, the data that is generated needs to be actionable. Qualitative analytics can enable a building to share data between disparate systems, and using this cross-systems data, shape a building that can predict its own operations, and further take preventative actions to maintain highest levels of operational efficacies.
This session will explore the concept of creating a self-maintaining building by combining technology available today with a vision for tomorrow.
Lars Hennecke, Commercial Vice President at Schneider Electric
The last 20+ years allowed me to gain a wide range of experience across diverse geographies and industries.
My current role allows me to link these experiences with my passion for driving business transformation.The arrival of smart buildings will force our industry to transform the way we operate.
Erik Jaspers, Director of Global Product Strategy & Innovation at Planon
Erik Jaspers holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.
He moved to Information technology early-on in his career with Philips Electronics and received post-academic education in IT by Philips IOT in collaboration with the University of Eindhoven. He now has around 35 years of experience in IT.