Buildings are evolving into smart organisms. They do not only monitor and collect data about how their systems perform. They automatically adjust them to make better use of resources. Eventually, these smart organisms will be linked into smart cities, with buildings automatically sharing and optimising energy.
There is a smart and connected Innovation Hub aimed at finding and funding game-changing technologies that will shape the energy system of the future. We are now at a stage where smart buildings can monitor lots of things. However, we don’t allow the building to automate.
We can all imagine autonomous cars. Now, we believe that there will be autonomous buildings, and eventually, these will form groups that will become smart neighbourhoods or smart cities.
Smart buildings will become our customers.
It is a somewhat fantastic vision. It is not going to happen in the next two years. But 10 years ago, none of us could imagine autonomous cars; now we can all imagine how it’s going to look.
Start-up businesses and individuals may be the key to unlocking creative solutions to our energy problems. The Innovation Hub is looking all over the world, in every sector, to find the right people. Then, they provide them with funding, mentoring and a platform for co-creation, collaboration and convergence.
Buildings consume 40% of energy; they are the single biggest customer of energy.
If you have a smart building – one that is not only measuring things but automating them – it will lead to better use of resources.
One example is a typical office building. The heating and cooling systems are on at the same time or with simple day/night settings that mean heating is on at weekends even if the building is unoccupied. It’s very simple and logical to realise that finding another way to use the building will have a big impact on heating, lighting and CO2.
Enabling a building to manage itself means systems you can optimise it to suit the people using them. Also, you can adjust it as circumstances change.
At SpaceShapers we focus on the 3 main aspects of interrelated energy reduction design: passive with active systems (smart systems) and renewables. Check our Sustainable Building Design section.