Opinion

The Future of Building Technology

 

July 21, 2015

Our world is going through changes that have a substantial impact on our environment, dramatic population growth, urbanisation, global warming and resource shortages. These ongoing changes are forcing us to think in new ways. This also applies to our built environment, the study of future of buildings technology shows that the requirements are undergoing lasting changes. This means the need for safety and security will be a prerequisite and will play an even bigger role in the future. Flexibility and dynamics will be the underlying requirements for system operation.

Maximum efficiency will have the highest priority, not only where energy is concerned. We will need to raise comfort levels for the wellbeing of consumers,only solutions which create the synergies between energy efficiency, comfort, safety and security will be sustainable over the long term. Solutions that turn buildings into living organisms, network smart, sensitive and adaptable.  

Modularity is one key, a solution that easily adapt between the needs of their operators and users. Achieve maximum compatibility using standardised interfaces - plug and go. A preference of meeting room modules will be made available to the customer and on selection will be plugged into the building for use at the appropriate time. These modules themselves need to be flexible, space will bedivided as needed assisted by mobile equipment that integrate seamlessly into the logistics concept.

A big step forward into superior efficiency because flexible usage is possible over the entire lifecycle. Transportation systems will also be more flexible; route usage will be optimised, divided into passenger and cargo flows. Destinations will be reached faster and security critical areas will be better protected by dynamic route management.

In the distant future we will network classic domains completely and intelligently and we will create synergies that make new functions possible. Energy is an example - we will no longer focus just on energy distribution, but an intelligent energy management system will control the interplay between internal consumers, producers and the energy mix of public power grids. New types of storage concepts will make it possible to purchase excess energy at competitive prices from the grid. Energy that allows load peaks to be equalised safely and efficiently. Increasing water treatment requirements also offer potential in the truest sense of the word. Additional energy storage is possible through intelligent networking.

Consumption optimisation will also be key, new types of functional constructional materials and techniquesoffer potential in the lighting and climate control. However the possibilities cannot be fully realised until they are fully integrated into the building management concept. Intelligent networking of disciplines creates outstanding synergies where security is concerned. Discrete access control according to the open door concept, not only increase in security but also allow dynamic logistics. People are guided quickly and safely into their destination through personalised assistance. A wide range of control and navigation solutions point the way comfortably and at the same time improve discretion in defined building zones.

We will monitor all media flows including supply lines and safety measures will be initiated automatically as needed. Intelligent networking provides maximum security. Occupancy sensors in the lighting system do more than just turn the lights on and off, in an emergency they also assist in organising a fast orderly and thus safe evacuation. Escape routes are defined according to the situation. Lighting installations operate in emergency mode and point the way dynamically, acoustic signals and voice prompts provide additional support. Subsystems support the evacuation scenario, intelligent systems help detect the flow of people and separate them when escape routes are about to become overloaded.

Intelligent use of installations and networking with the surrounding area allow for information to be exchanged in real time.  Only when all systems work together in a network can we meet the security requirements of the future adequately and efficiently. A networked integrated and intelligent building management system will be at the heart of the next generation of smart buildings. A building management system for greater efficiency comfort and security.  

On the way to sustainable cities we are already using our expertise in building technology and architecture of network systems to connect buildings into building clusters via an IT backbone and we are achieving significant improvements in energy efficiency. Smart grids and smart consumption will shape the future. Networking city districts even entire cities will also be in more security, security that growing urbanisation urgently needs. Intelligent sustainable solutions will shape the future.

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