Smart Building: from being a perspective to reality
By Thomas Albisser, Hop-Cube’s CEO and co-founder
Connecting buildings is no longer a prospect, it became a reality. Accessing monitoring technologies (connected devices, etc.) is easier: the cost of connected sensors dropped, data travels over adapted networks, platforms that analyzes those indicators are powerful.
We can talk about a whole new chain of information in the energy sector. And I believe that this is just a beginning!
The intelligent building of the future is not only the brand new construction but also the existing one that became sustainable and connected thanks to digital innovations. For the first time at this scale, the digital transition eases the ecological transition of the construction and building sector.
IoT provides environmental performance evidence
The IoT technology is revolutionizing the energy audit of buildings. Energy data can be available on a real-time scale. Besides, they give a realistic overview of the main water, electricity or gas consumptions in one or many buildings. These data can also be used as a proof for the occupants who can effectively measure the value of their day to day efforts in terms of energy savings.
IoT empowers decision making
IoT issues over-consumption alerts and give users the ability to compare their consumption data from one another. Besides, the data and especially the algorithms that analyze those data help designing consumption patterns and modeling optimal use cases of resources use.
When IoT can predict energy consumption
In the case of a connected building (let’s call it Smart Building), IoT quickly provides enough crossing indicators to make predictive analysis. And this step is very powerful. Besides, you can add to this analysis many parameters such as price changes on energy, new energy sources, specific type of energy use, etc.
Creating new synergies between different information sources is now possible. Increasing the energy but also the economic efficiency of a building is within reach. This will also impact the end user comfort (at home or at work for instance).