Smart building: comfort & security of connected buildings
In addition to energy performance, smart buildings also address issues of comfort and safety. Through the collection and analysis of data, the N'Gage platform, developed by Energisme, contributes to the transformation of the building sector towards the smart building.
What is an intelligent building?
Smart building is part of a dynamic of technological innovation in the building sector.
The smart building relies on data to:
improve the energy efficiency of buildings
ensure the comfort and safety of the occupants
- facilitate the management of the building
better value a building stock
Energisme goes wit property managers in this evolution towards smart building.
Energisme - specialist in data management
From data collection to exploitation, our N’Gage platform acts as a digital hub to enhance this data and make it actionable for real estate professionals.
Energisme works in synergy with an ecosystem of suppliers of connected objects and IoT sensors in order to considerably expand the scope of data collection
The connected devices communicate with each other and the data is then centralized in the N’Gage platform.
The centralized data is then processed and analyzed in the solution to transform it into usable information and support decision making.
Data management strengthens building management in terms of equipment maintenance and upkeep, predictive maintenance, energy management and occupant services.
What are the benefits of an intelligent building?
Technological advances in smart building offer new possibilities, especially in terms of energy savings.
The analysis of data collected by the N’Gage platform allows:
- identification of energy consumption peaks
- detection of anomalies and energy-consuming equipment
- quick intervention at the source to reduce energy losse
Thanks to our software solution, the action on the building is not only corrective but it can also be preventive. The sensors collect information on the state of wear of the equipment. This knowledge facilitates the planning of energy renovation work.
Finally, the sensors provide data on the use of the inhabitants (occupancy rate of the spaces, presence hours, …). By combining this data with consumption data and other external data sources, the operator benefits from a predictive analysis of their consumption. This data allows the building and its energy consumption to be controlled according to the real needs of the occupants.
Thanks to this overview of the building data, the smart building opens the way to a coordinated energy management between the operators and the energy suppliers. Suppliers adapt energy flows to the needs of the building to improve energy performance. As part of the energy transition, the predictability of needs also facilitates the integration of renewable energies into the flows.
For most companies, real estate costs are the second largest expense on the operating account, after salaries. Therefore, controlling building costs is a competitive issue for operators.
The control of data induced by the smart building enables action on costs at 3 levels:
- Reduction of building maintenance and upkeep costs
- Optimization of building-related services
- Strategic management of real estate assets
First, thanks to data sensors and a data analysis platform, professionals can now perform predictive maintenance on equipment. It is no longer necessary to have a service provider come in at regular intervals to check the equipment since the monitoring of the various building systems is done continuously on the N’Gage platform.
In addition to this reduction in maintenance costs, there is also a reduction in service costs. Indeed, in a smart building, sensors provide data on space occupancy rates, for example. The cleaning staff’s rounds can therefore be adjusted according to this information.
Finally, in a more global way, the smart building allows to know precisely the value of its assets in the framework of asset management.
Finally, in addition to reducing costs and lowering its environmental footprint, the intelligent building responds to a third challenge: the comfort and safety of occupants. It is not only a question of making buildings more sustainable, but also of improving the quality of life of their occupants through data.
From this point of view, connected sensors offer a wealth of data on occupant usage. Once cross-referenced and analyzed in the N’Gage platform developed by Energisme, this information provides a solid basis for developing a range of services that meet the real needs of occupants.
How does a Smart Building improve your day?
- A better quality of life in the building
- Inconveniences avoided
- An increase in security
- Additional services for occupants
A better quality of life in the building
The connected building contributes greatly to the comfort of the occupants. Thanks to the analysis and the crossing of data from sensors and external sources, you will be able to control your equipment remotely and automatically. To do so, you just have to make the Energisme platform work in harmony with your building management system
For example, in a commercial building, the equipment can be regulated to reach the desired level of lighting or the ideal temperature based on data such as the occupancy of the room and the outside temperature.
The smart building also allows you to act on the air quality in the spaces. Here again, the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system self-regulates according to the level of CO2 measured in the building. Further, the N’Gage platform contains an air quality measurement module.
Finally, the prevention of legionella risk is essential in buildings open to the public. Intelligent buildings also meet this public health challenge, particularly for hotels, nursing homes and hospitals. Continuous monitoring of the temperature of the domestic hot water network makes it possible to detect anomalies and intervene to prevent the risk of contamination for the occupants.
Backed by a software platform such as Energisme, the smart building enables predictive maintenance of building equipment.
Predictive maintenance avoids inconveniences such as a breakdown of the air-conditioning system in hot weather or a breakdown of the elevator, which can be very inconvenient for the occupants.
An increase in security
IoT sensors also make the building safer for its occupants. Indeed, they facilitate the detection of intruders in the building or suspicious activities. For example, if a connected lighting system detects a presence at an unusual time, the Energisme platform will be able to send an alert to the person in charge of building security.
On another note, the analysis of air quality data by the solution is valuable to detect a possible gas leak. In this case, it will be possible to evacuate the building if necessary. The number of people present in the building is useful to organize the evacuation.
Additional services for occupants
In the context of corporate real estate, the smart building offers new possibilities in terms of services to occupants.
Sensors detect the presence of employees in work spaces. In a flex office logic, there is no need to go around the offices to find a workstation. The software solution shows you in real time the available spaces. In the same way, the schedule of meeting room occupancy is updated in real time.
The smart building can also be applied to the management of the catering space. To avoid waiting in line at the dining hall, all you have to do is connect to an application that will tell you how long you have to wait.
This offer of innovative services, made possible by the connected building, is obviously monetizable and reinforces the value of the real estate.