For several years now, a solution that combines savings and respect for current environmental issues has been making its way into the urban landscape. This is the smart building. Smart buildings are one of the links in the chain of sustainable development. The installation of an smart system of sensors and actuators within a building allows, among other things, the administration and management of the entire building. This smart design of architecture is transforming the cities of tomorrow. Discover here why and how smart building can serve the challenges of sustainable development.
Smart building: what services and what challenges?
Faced with the environmental challenges that companies are already facing, taking into account the issues related to sustainable development is becoming a requirement. Indeed, the increase of the world population and the various population flows modify the urbanization of territories. Architecture must therefore be both sustainable and its impact on the environment must be controlled.
It is by integrating energy management solutions that the smart building meets housing needs while taking into account issues related to sustainable development. Thanks to the installation of a smart grid based on IoT (Internet of Things) and AI (Artificial Intelligence), the smart building optimizes energy consumption while promoting the safety and comfort of its occupants.
Indeed, the communication between the building’s distribution units allows the implementation of an automated energy management system. This allows the user to save money, especially on heating. Reducing energy consumption is not the only service provided by the smart building. The increase in comfort – and therefore the productivity of teams – but also the optimization of its overall energy performance, make it one of the major solutions to respond to environmental issues.
To what extent can smart buildings reduce energy consumption?
The construction sector is a major emitter of greenhouse gases. It is therefore essential to think about the innovations to be implemented in order to reduce its environmental footprint. One of the solutions found is to use new technologies in the service of architecture. The very design of the smart building makes it one of the best ways to improve the energy performance of buildings. A highly energy-efficient building, the smart building has insulation designed to limit any thermal waste.
In addition, renewable energy is an integral part of the building’s electrical system. The building usually has photovoltaic panels and other thermal collectors to produce all or part of its electricity. The production of renewable energies directly integrated into the building also makes it possible to avoid energy consumption peaks. The smart building is not only about reducing energy consumption.
Indeed, thanks to the implementation of a smart grid and the use of advanced technologies, the occupants are alerted to the slightest sign of anomaly. This avoids over-consumption. From the design to the occupation of the building, each use of materials and equipment is designed to limit the environmental impact of the construction in a smart building logic.