Smart Building

What is Smart Building?

As a result of Smart Building, buildings have become increasingly ‘smarter’ in recent years. Smart Building technology mainly concerns collecting, transporting, safely storing, harmonising and processing data on Smartwellbeing and indoor climate.

This adds value to the data that is then sold to the building user as a Software as a Service (SaaS) subscription. The user pays a monthly fee in exchange for software that is always kept up to date. That way, for example, you can access data on the air quality, occupancy, energy consumption, etc. of certain rooms.

Improving the indoor climate

Optimal use of technical installations

Smart Building technology impacts all indoor climate parameters: indoor air, thermal comfort, acoustics and light. Thanks to a growing number of high-precision sensors, we are collecting more and more data on thermal comfort and indoor air quality.

These data are processed and compared with data specific properties of the building or with data from general sources. This gives us a detailed awareness of how technical installations (co)operate optimally and remain in the best condition. Because these data are increasingly better at predicting required maintenance, glitches and problems are prevented.

Added value for the user

In addition, the individual user receives the processed data and benefits from the resulting added value. Based on these data, he or she sets the parameters for his or her perfect environment and knows what the status of that environment is in real time.

Smart building technology improves people's wellbeing, but also gives individuals a key role in the process. The more knowledge there is, the better and healthier we can work, live, play sports or relax: all in a smart, safe and sustainable environment. 

The increased focus on healthy buildings and indoor spaces is due in part to the rapid smart building technology developments – especially in data and sensor technology.

Internet of Things (IoT)

Smart Building technology relies on the Internet of Things: technology that uses the internet to facilitate communication between a network’s data gathering devices.

Technology specialists predict that the number of devices connected to the internet will increase from 11.2 billion in 2017 to 55 billion in 2025. 

The expectation is that global turnover of IoT sensors will go from USD 7.5 billion in 2016 to USD 27.5 billion in 2022 (solely with regard to sensors and not including IT infrastructure, replacement and services).

Smart Building case: The EDGE

Amsterdam’s The EDGE office building was the world’s first building to apply fully integrated, functional Smart Building technology: in terms of indoor climate and in terms of indoor positioning, indoor navigation, locating a workplace, reserving spaces, etc.

This modern office building is about the smartest, most sustainable building in the world and has achieved the highest wellbeing certificate (WELL Platinum pre) attainable.

Take a look at a Smartwellbeing case

Certifications

Sustainability certificates

BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method)

The purpose of this assessment method is to determine building sustainability performance. It was developed and introduced by the English research body Building Research Establishment (BRE). The method is divided into five different standards: 1) Communities, 2) Infrastructure, 3) New Construction, 4) In-Use, and 5) Refurbishment and Fit-Out.

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)

LEED is an assessment and certification system that makes it possible to determine building sustainability performance. The method was set up in 1998 by the US Green Building Council (USGBC) and is the most widely used sustainability tool in the United States.

Wellbeing certificate

WELL

People – and not just sustainability and energy – are increasingly the centre of focus in the design of new buildings. The end goal is to guarantee the user’s wellbeing. It’s for this reason that the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) introduced the WELL Building Standard in 2014, to promote healthy and sustainable buildings. It was updated in 2018 based on experience gained: WELL v2.

This performance-based standard measures, certifies and monitors the built environment and its effect on our health. In so doing, WELL strives towards designing buildings that make users healthier and happier. The air, comfort, sound and light quality are measured and improved based on personal needs. WELL, therefore, specifically targets the health and wellbeing of building users.

Trusted partner: SIG Air Handling

Total solutions

HVAC expert (heating, ventilation & air conditioning) SIG Air Handling provides Smart Building solutions that are conducive to the attainment of a BREEAM or LEED certification.

SIG Air Handling also implements fully integrated Smartwellbeing solutions to create an optimal indoor climate (indoor air, thermal comfort, acoustics and light). Our specialists combine products, systems and services with advanced control technology and smart building technology (Smart Building). And that’s how we create a healthy living, work and residential environment that the user is able – based on his or her own needs – to help determine.

Development and testing

Our experts also put their experience to work in the (continued) development of new products and systems, services and project-specific solutions for every indoor climate issue.

In relation to climate, noise, control technology, performance, installation and assembly, SIG Air Handling has a wide range of testing facilities for this purpose. Where necessary, we also employ complementary techniques such as BIM/Revit, CFD, big data and 3D printing.

Specific advice

Would you like advice on Smart Building or Smartwellbeing? Our specialists are eager to help with any indoor climate technology-related issues. 

Please feel free to contact one of our specialists.

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Smartwellbeing case

The EDGE

Amsterdam’s The EDGE office building was the world’s first building to apply fully integrated, functional Smart Building technology: in terms of indoor climate and in terms of indoor positioning, indoor navigation, locating a workplace, reserving spaces, etc.

This modern office building is about the smartest, most sustainable building in the world and has achieved the highest wellbeing certificate (WELL Platinum pre) attainable.

More resources

There are a number of great resources available for diving further into the world of Smartwellbeing.