Ariane Elena Fuchs


Sustainability check: Managing buildings green

Many people desire a sustainable and green future. This topic is gaining importance not only in private everyday life. Companies are also asking themselves how they can reduce their ecological footprint. It is time to take a closer look at the topic of building management.

Managing buildings sustainably with Deutsche Telekom's Internet of Things (IoT).

Deutsche Telekom's IoT applications enable buildings to be operated sustainably.

When companies deal with the topic of sustainability, they often think first of their products and services or their own value chain. But what about the buildings in which we humans live, work and spend our leisure time?   

The connection between corporate sustainability and building management cannot be denied. According to the United Nations Environment Programme, the building and construction sector is responsible for almost 40 percent of all energy and process-related emissions. Nevertheless, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency, an average of 30 percent of the energy consumed in commercial buildings is wasted. This highlights the need for action, as well as the enormous potential for building management to contribute to the environmental sustainability of companies.  

Not only since the current corona situation it has become apparent that home office policies will continue to stay relevant. In the future, offices will primarily be places of encounter and creative collaboration. However, this development also means that many office spaces will still be managed but no longer actively used. Many places will remain unoccupied. As a result, rooms are often unnecessarily heated or cooled. In some cases, windows are open at the same time. Factories, schools, museums, restaurants and other public spaces are also affected. All this has negative effects on the environment and generates unnecessarily high costs. 

For a more sustainable building management

With the Deutsche Telekom solution "Building Monitoring & Analytics", companies can improve their sustainability in an intelligent way. Sensors, for example, record the energy consumption of buildings.  The information obtained is sent to the Cloud of Things IoT platform. A central dashboard visualizes important data. The values are then automatically analyzed. The responsible persons receive appropriate messages on how they can use rooms and buildings according to their needs. In addition to lower energy consumption and CO2 emissions, this has many other advantages. These include reduced costs through demand-oriented consumption, greater reliability through automated error detection and maximum consumption transparency. 

But the solution can do even more. Additional sensors record data on workplace usage. A signal is also sent to the IoT platform. For example, rooms can be heated or cleaned according to their specific use. Employees can be assigned a free workstation via an app. This not only saves energy and other resources. It also reduces the corresponding costs.  The maximum transparency enables both an optimization of the workspace and an improved distribution of the workforce in the building.

The “Building Monitoring & Analytics” solution was awarded the "Green Magenta" label. With the "Green Magenta" label, Deutsche Telekom identifies particularly ecologically or socially sustainable offerings.

Endless possibilities in Smart Building

It’s worth taking a look beyond your own nose: “Building Monitoring & Analytics” can do much more. With its help, hygiene products can be automatically and efficiently re-ordered for demand-oriented use. The solution can also analyze comfort parameters, for example by recording CO2 concentrations or the temperature in a room. These not only provide information on whether employees in an office or students in a classroom are best placed to concentrate well. The CO2 content of the air also indirectly shows how high the risk is in a room to become infected with a droplet infection. The Internet of Things can thus give recommendations to those responsible when a room needs to be ventilated. Not only since the Corona pandemic has it become apparent how important it is to ensure a safe working environment in order to prevent illness in the best possible way. 

My conclusion: “Building Monitoring & Analytics” sets the course for more sustainable building management and increases efficiency across the board.

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