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Energy Efficient Buildings Make Cities More Sustainable

Digitalized buildings that consume less energy are a key element of climate proof, decarbonized and resilient urban areas

Published on JUNE 24, 2021

What Is a Smart Building?

Smart buildings are buildings that communicate. They are equipped with digital technologies that gather and analyze energy consumption data and use it to optimize heating, ventilation, air conditioning, lighting, security and other services. Smart building systems consist of intelligent and adaptable software that communicates with sensors and microchips installed on utility meters and water and heating systems. The ultimate objectives of smart building technology are energy efficiency, reducing pollution and waste, saving money, and sustainability.
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How does a smart building work?

A Building Management System BMS oversees the building’s network of subsystems such as lighting, plumbing, processing equipment, access control, and security. 
The BMS is the smart building’s actionable brain, and by incorporating Internet of Things (IoT) devices such as sensors, actuators, AI, software and internet. 

What are the benefits of Smart Buildings?

The IoT collects data on a variety  of aspects of the building’s operation, empowering occupants and operators with new levels of visibility and actionable information leading to more productivity thanks to optimized illumination, thermal comfort, air quality, physical security, sanitation, and resulting in benefits such as efficiency, sustainability, safety,
productivity and savings, both energetically and financially.  Smart buildings thus save money through optimized operation and increased efficiency in equipment, energy usage, maintenance, and power consumption.

A Positive Impact on Wellbeing

Offices and museums, schools and hospitals, stadiums and public transit stations can all be turned into smart and energy efficient buildings, which are greener, healthier, safer, more comfortable and more cost effective. 
Owners, occupants, and citizens in general can all enjoy the advantages of energy efficient buildings, which are an integral part of smart and sustainable cities: ones that are livable, connected, beautiful, clean, and functional.

Some Examples of Smart Building Technology

Making a building smart and energy efficient involves digitalization, a software platform, insulation, and replacing or revamping existing devices. Enel X's smart building services and solutions include digital management systems and ways to produce and store clean energy, such as solar photovoltaic plants coupled with batteries. We also offer technologies to reduce consumption, such as LED lighting and heat pumps