Smart buildings have great significance for future sustainable cities. Residential, public and office buildings are one of the biggest contributors to global energy demand. In the EU alone, buildings are responsible for 40 percent of energy consumption and 36 percent of CO2 emissions. Beside power saving solutions, sensor systems play a crucial role for the efficient energy use in buildings. With the help of intelligent and connected sensors, smart buildings can reduce their energy consumption by around 30 percent.
Whether it’s offices, shopping malls, concert halls or train stations, smart buildings are defined in essence as intelligently connected and digitalized buildings. Thus, they rely on software and communication networks as well as on secure data and dynamic interface management. They help to cut operating cost, improve security and increase comfort for building users. However, to play out their full value, the efficient use of energy is the key. That’s why for the planning of new buildings, for example, the early consideration of innovative technologies such as ‘digital twins’ and smart sensors are crucial.