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.

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Matthew Wallace, Specification Team Leader at Schneider Electric

D2 management 10:45

Matt started his “technical” career in 2004; in the Electrical/Process Control Engineering domain, with global manufacturing company ‘BOSCH’. He has since developed his technical knowledge in the world of Building Management and Connected Systems with Schneider Electric since 2012. This has given Matt detailed knowledge, understanding and experience of Field Service, Project Commissioning, Project Design & Estimation and Account Management. Matt is a member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology and also recently became a CIBSE member. He has enjoyed success at Schneider Electric developing long term industry relationships up and down the UK and has experience working on very significant and prestigious projects over recent years.

Erik Jaspers, Director of Global Product Strategy & Innovation at Planon

D2 management 10:45

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.