Smart buildings take off
Where home automation failed during the 1990s, its current equivalent, the smart building, is now succeeding. Buildings are changing towards a high performance building model, particularly in terms of energy savings.
The concept of a smart building has been initiated between the partners. Four themes have already been selected:
- Building management, and particularly management of energy, water consumption, air quality and thermal comfort… to improve operation and efficiency.
- The information flow within the building through transmission of images, voice (for example for the home) or data (for tertiary), in order to facilitate communications. Obviously, this theme can be extended to include interfaces between buildings and the town.
- Health and ageing population. The medical dimension has already changed significantly through the CSTB's GERHOME Laboratory that evaluates means of keeping elderly people at home. The year 2009 saw the beginning of the second experimentation phase, in which the system was deployed directly with elderly volunteers, and in rooms in residential homes.
- Network security, and safety of buildings and persons.