Smart Building examples: European building projects and pioneers
The Smart Building Solutions trade fair in Aachen offers examples, ideas, concepts and versatile solutions. It specifically targets the real estate brownfields, which directly and indirectly contribute to one third of global CO2 emissions. For corporations, property companies and investment companies, the fulfilment of ESG criteria has become a matter of urgency, not least due to the requirements of the European Commission. ESG entails the consideration of environmental, social and governance criteria. Digitalisation offers the opportunity to achieve sustainability goals and meet ESG guidelines. Different building projects all over Europe show how it can be done.
Cube in Berlin
‘Open Space. Open Mind.’ Probably the best-known smart building project is the Cube in Berlin. The Cube by CA Immo is located directly at Berlin’s main railway station and is part of Europacity. The central building management, practically the brain of the digital office building, is based on a large amount of real-time data. These are collected by 3,750 sensors, 750 beacons (Bluetooth hardware transmitters) and 140 mobile phone antennas.
The interaction for users of the Smart Building runs via the associated app. This makes it possible for employees to book their workplace, pre-order food and send parcels. Using artificial intelligence, the system remembers individual preferences and adjusts room temperature and lighting accordingly. This makes the buildings more efficient and ensures sustainable use of the spaces.
The Edge in Amsterdam
Sustainability score of 98.36%: The builders of the Smart Building focus on sustainability and efficient energy consumption. How does that work? The Edge in Amsterdam generates more energy than it consumes. The sunlight is optimally used by the construction and solar cells, so that all laptops, smartphones and electric vehicles can be powered with it. The sensors installed everywhere use the smartphone to detect when a user approaches and can thus regulate light intensity and temperature.
The Internet of Things (IoT) brings many other benefits, personalising objects such as coffee makers or toilets that report on their own in case of malfunction. There are few limits to the office of the future here.
The Ship in Cologne