The smart building or intelligent building provides a set of adapted technologies to guarantee optimized energy performance. By means of connected sensors, it is possible to collect precise data on the actual energy consumption of users. Effective actions can be taken to optimize the management of energy consumption in buildings, promoting the energy transition in an environmentally friendly way.
The energy performance of buildings: a key issue for smart buildings
Since 2002, European directives have made energy performance a fundamental concept in the design of new buildings. Both financial and ecological issues arise from the energy needs of occupants, whether for heating, lighting, ventilation or hot water. The smart building is able to offer the right solutions to achieve significant savings in energy consumption, which is essential when you consider that the building sector is one of the most energy-intensive.
A smart building is equipped with connected systems that aim to optimize energy management and facilitate the daily life of the occupants. With the Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence, many applications are serving these purposes. For example, sensors can be used to change the temperature according to the occupancy of a room or to simplify maintenance by preventing equipment from being shut down unexpectedly.
There are many ways to reduce energy consumption: locate water leaks quickly, identify sources of over-consumption and analyse energy cost items. These are all ways to reduce the environmental impact of the building sector.
Smart, connected and ecological buildings: what links between smart building and sustainable development?
For users, these technologies have a concrete impact, with the benefit of a more comfortable daily life. This can mean a constant temperature from room to room for unparalleled heating quality. These issues also have financial implications. Better control of energy consumption in buildings means that owners and tenants can save money on their bills.
Through their design, which is designed to regulate energy consumption, intelligent buildings are a global response to energy waste and over-consumption. In fact, smart building and sustainable development are two closely related concepts. Combating over-consumption is one of the main focuses of the energy transition started in 2015. Smart sensors installed in the power grid (Smart Grids) help to avoid unnecessary expenses in the long term.
Improved maintenance of equipment, such as ventilation and lighting systems, also ensures maximum efficiency at all times.