Smart Buildings Alliance (SBA): a unifying approach to smart buildings in the smart city

The smart building redefines the use of infrastructures in the light of new technologies. Thanks to modeling tools and connected devices, it is possible to design housing developments that are less energy-intensive and more environmentally friendly. To help develop these new types of buildings, the Smart Buildings Alliance (SBA) brings together many members from different sectors to create a synergy of skills aimed at creating the smart city of tomorrow.

What is the Smart Buildings Alliance (SBA)?

The SBA (Smart Buildings Alliance) is a non-profit association created in 2012 in the Paris area. It is dedicated to the promotion of the concept of smart buildings in France, bringing together members of various trades present in more than 460 companies. Since 2020, it has integrated the players in the “smart home” sector into this vision in partnership with the French Home Automation Federation. Its role is to provide appropriate support to professionals in the building industry and in the territories around the new issues arising from digital technologies.

With this in mind, the members of the association (builders, developers, start-ups, industrialists, etc.) are encouraged to work together to propose concrete solutions for creating buildings that make life easier for users.

Smart Alliance Building

The organization is also working to promote the logical evolution of the smart building to the general public, the “smart city”, a sustainable city in which energy costs are better controlled, green mobility is encouraged and citizens are empowered.

An approach to the smart city at the service of territories and users


The urban population could increase by 2.5 billion by 2050. At the same time, cities already generate 60% of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions. In this context, it appears necessary to fundamentally review the urban organization to adopt a healthier and more sustainable vision, both for the benefit of users and to help protect the environment.[1]

In this respect, the smart city is a relevant initiative, based on the resources optimization and the digital data use. It takes advantage of BIM, a method of digital modelling of buildings supplemented by the information transmitted by the connected devices used in everyday life.

Thanks to BIM and IoT, smart grids can provide each home with optimized energy supplies. The implementation of smart grids within territories is an essential step for the creation of eco-districts, including less polluting mobility solutions.


1] FOUQUET.C, (2018), “In 2050, more than two thirds of humanity will live in cities”, LesEchos

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