Today, smart building and construction have become inseparable in order to develop ever more sophisticated and connected buildings. With the use of smart sensors, buildings are becoming truly connected platforms that simplify the lives of both occupants and managers. With these integrated intelligent systems, lower operating costs and environmental friendliness go hand in hand.
Sensors to improve the efficiency and comfort of buildings
The smart building is bringing its share of innovations to make new and old buildings more energy-efficient and pleasant to live in. The installation of sensors is a major asset for optimized management and more efficient maintenance operations. The building industry (developers, builders, equipment manufacturers) are particularly interested in the possible applications of the Internet of Things (IoT) in this field.
A major financial challenge lies in the operation of these new connected systems, which can optimize the operation of equipment (lighting, heating, ventilation) to reduce breakdowns and optimize energy consumption.
The objectives are not only economic. In everyday life, greater comfort is possible for residents thanks to concrete applications. A constant temperature control is possible depending on the presence or absence of occupants in each room.
Leakage, over-consumption of electricity, deterioration of air quality: all these variations can be detected and solved by the maintenance teams present.
The Internet of Things at the heart of smart buildings and smart cities: use cases
With the smart building, the IoT is set to revolutionize the way buildings are managed. Connected equipment is a definite added value in the life of the occupants. Several specific uses of connected sensors in the building sector can be highlighted.
It is possible to facilitate waste collection with smart waste bins indicating the volume of waste or to improve hygiene thanks to sanitary facilities equipped with sensors that allow maintenance workers to schedule their interventions.
Reducing energy consumption is also one of the major advantages of smart buildings, with a view to saving money and protecting the environment. Heating and lighting costs are a significant expense in a building. This is a huge challenge, with almost 45% of the energy consumed in France devoted to the building sector. By means of sensors, it becomes possible to precisely regulate the temperature to avoid wasting energy.
For the players in the sector, the smart building and smart city technologies, with their multiple uses, are intelligent systems that have become essential.