More insight into your building

Written by
Ruud de Haas
Published on
04 May 2018
Category
Blog

Know how your building performs and is used, on each floor and even at room level. The rapidly developing sensor technology makes that possible.

Imagine: as a facility manager of a large office building, you have access to a digital dashboard with a wealth of real-time information about your building. Temperatures, air quality, light intensity, energy consumption. And not to forget: occupancy levels on each floor or even at room level. I don't know of a client who wouldn't be delighted with that. The good news is that we are already trialling these possibilities in various places.

Pushing boundaries
In the past, smart building management tended to mean: insight into how the technical installations perform. Take the energy consumption and the nature and frequency of faults, for example. This is incredibly useful knowledge, which enables targeted management of maintenance, efficiency and energy consumption. This field, the core business of Strukton Worksphere, is still relatively new, but has already proved itself repeatedly. We use our PULSE Analytics Platform to monitor the installations and give clear feedback to the controller.

Meanwhile, data collection and the 'Internet of Things' are developing very fast. That means there are more and more possibilities to go beyond mere 'technical monitoring'.

The most important expansion of our insight is about exactly how the building is used and how this affects its performance.

‘The most important expansion of our insight is about exactly how the building is used and how this affects its performance.’

Building of the future
I see a future in which we heat, cool, ventilate and use buildings much more precisely and efficiently. Thanks to knowledge about their use, but also thanks to new technical possibilities, even up to the level of individual workstations.

In 2017, for example, we worked together with Ahrend, manufacturer of office furniture, on a trial with 'smart workstations'. These offer individual users various options to adapt their workstations to their own needs. The main variables here are temperature and lighting. The result?
Letting people adjust the temperature at their own workstation generates 10% in energy savings. The general temperature in the building could therefore be reduced by two degrees. At the same time, the feeling of comfort rises among the users. And last but not least: those smart workstations collect lots of data at microlevel. This data can then be smartly linked and combined to improve the building's performance.


‘Smart workstations collect lots of data at microlevel which can be smartly linked and combined to improve the building's performance’


Where we now mainly install individual sensors which serve one goal, in future these will become increasingly multifunctional. Think of a sensor that not only registers movement but also temperature, light intensity and air quality, for example. We may therefore also expect that new solutions, sensors, protocols and platforms will be launched on the market in the coming years. With more and more possibilities.

Strukton PULSE
For smart building management, we use our Strukton PULSE Analytics Platform. More information? Visit the Strukton PULSE website.

Interested?

Are you interested in what the best solutions are for your building(s)? I'll be happy to come and discuss the options with you.
Ruud de Haas

I see a future in which we heat, cool, ventilate and use buildings much more precisely and efficiently.

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