Paris, 11 December 2019 – SPIE addressed the challenges posed by smart buildings built to aid the digital and energy transition and to boost the quality of working life at the Salon de l'Immobilier d'Entreprise (SIMI), an event for corporate real-estate operators in France. Kevin Kernn, Director for Business Development and Strategy within the Tertiaire division of SPIE Industrie & Tertiaire, and Aude Lévêque, Director for Innovations, Expertise and Methods at SPIE Facilities, share their analysis with us.
The first generation of Smart Buildings were built a decade ago. Is the current iteration of buildings any different?
Kevin Kernn: The first ‘smart’ buildings were mainly designed as a response to energy performance constraints. The emergence of digital solutions, the rising number of embedded sensors and the way in which inter-device communication (between blinds, windows, lighting, air conditioning, etc.) has developed have all contributed to the sea change in how we consider and integrate technical solutions in commercial buildings. For several years now, this approach has enabled us to enhance the value of properties and made them easier to operate. Nevertheless, performance must not cause us to lose sight of the fundamental importance of the quality of working life for the buildings’ users. A new stage in the evolution of buildings stands before us today: the digital revolution has given us opportunities to now provide a much more widespread solution to enhance user comfort in fast-changing workspaces. At long last, technology is reprising its role. Users have expressed a desire for specific solutions to be devised that combine feedback from human experiences and simulations based on thousands of data captured from our sensors and technology is using this desire as a starting point. Spinning the plates of occupant well-being, energy performance and new uses at work represents a major challenge.
How does SPIE's range of smart building solutions take the digital and energy transition into account?
Aude Lévêque: We are shifting towards cities and lifestyles with ever more intelligent and digital networks. Buildings are also following this trend, whilst advancing the energy transition. We are implementing quite a few technical management tools that enable us to gather data, analyse energy consumption, identify potential areas to make savings and provide alerts when too much energy is being used. Thanks to our maintenance and operation platform, “SMART FM 360°”, we can gauge not only equipment availability but also occupant comfort. User feedback (including via individual surveys) and also our own feedback feeds into our system and this enables us to facilitate operation of the buildings (energy balance, comfort of each user).
Is BIM an asset for the digital and energy transition within buildings?
Aude Lévêque: BIM is developing into another tool to monitor properties over time. The challenge is to move from a BIM model at the Design-Production stage to one that is fully operational. We are also committed to incorporating SMART FM 360° in a way that allows BIM and operational performance to be combined.
We will be able to use all of these digital tools to consistently provide our customers with more added value, especially in terms of maximising energy performance and minimising greenhouse gas emissions.
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