High time for a smart transition

01 October 2019

With the new EU EPBD building directive, buildings are required to be CO2-neutral by 2050, with interim goals set for 2030 and 2040. There is a need for smart implementation of smart buildings to match this timeline.

Building energy performance a key role in the EU meeting its climate change targets, and The Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) establishes the requirements for buildings that need to be implemented by member states.

The newest EPBD focuses on regulation and control and has a large emphasis on building automation and imposes strict requirements for sensing in buildings. The cost of installing and maintaining these automation systems can be significant and cannot be realized using classical wired systems. Our buildings’ smart transition needs innovative technologies such as flexible wireless sensors that harvest their energy from the environment rather than drawn from batteries which need replacing and disposal – adding cost and substituting one environmental issue with another.

This technology is built on a solid platform. There is an established strong eco-system of cooperating companies who offers maintenance-free wireless sensor solutions for smart buildings based on the international EnOcean wireless standard (ISO/IEC 14543-3-10); already installed in more than 1,000,000 buildings worldwide. These solutions are the ideal path to implementing the EU regulations with minimum installation cost, minimum alterations to existing buildings, minimum disruption to users and minimum ongoing maintenance.

Besides significantly reduced energy consumption and CO2 emissions, smart buildings score with another big plus: they create the conditions for a new working environment resulting in space usage optimization and higher workplace comfort to improve employee wellness and efficiency.

By John Corbett, Director EnOcean Northern EU and Middle East & EnOcean Alliance UK Ambassador