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What is a smart building?

According to the Regional and Interdepartmental Department of the Environment and Energy, the concept of smart building is the integration of active and passive energy management solutions aimed at optimising consumption, but also at promoting the comfort and safety of building users while complying with the regulations in force.

 


 

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What are the benefits of smart building?

Flexibility: Management systems, equipment and building technologies are modular and upgradeable.


Low carbon footprint: A smart building reduces energy costs and carbon footprint.


Mixed-use: Ideally, a smart building is a mixed environment: it houses different activities, consisting of shops, offices, housing, leisure facilities, etc. ...


Connection and digitalization: A smart building is equipped with an excellent internet connection but also with equipment to facilitate access to this connection anywhere (smartphone, tablet, screens, and other connected objects...).


Interaction between buildings: The smart building no longer evolves as an isolated silo but interacts with other buildings (shared connectivity, integration to the same smart grid, data sharing...).

 


 

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What are the challenges in deploying a smart building?

The right systems

It is important to select systems with open communication protocols such as BACnet. BACnet is a data communication protocol created to standardize communication between building automation system components. BACnet enables systems from different vendors, such as HVAC, lighting, security and fire systems, to communicate with each other by providing standardized methods for presenting, requesting, interpreting and transporting information.


The platform

Plan your options in advance to take into account the programming required to let these systems communicate with each other. 


The team

With the introduction of intelligent buildings, the real estate industry is moving towards a collaborative approach. Teams communicate with each other to develop and implement integrated and interconnected system platforms where systems and devices integrate.


The space

In both new and existing buildings, sufficient space will be required for successful implementation of the IoT (cabling, power supply…).

 


 

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What are the technologies required to build a smart building?

All buildings will need to be equipped with default systems deployed as part of a basic construction or fit-out, including building management systems (BMS), power supply and security. Systems can be purchased, upgraded or replaced to meet defined requirements. 

Furthermore you will need an intelligent infrastructure, such as a physical network, a 4/5G data network, an IoT network...

 

 


 

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How can you transform your building into a smart building?

Five steps


1) Evaluation of building technology system
2) Vision and master plan
3) Setting priorities
4) Apply the plan
5) Design phase

 


 

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Examples of smart building

The trend is currently accelerating at the institutional level with new architectural projects. All cities want to adopt a sustainable approach and become "smart cities". The example of the world's smartest office building: The Edge