Buildings of the Future begin here
The industry is evolving, but today’s global demands will push the transformation into overdrive. To survive and even thrive as a developer, owner, and operator, you will need to capture the power of the all-digital, all-electric world with a more sustainable, resilient, efficient, and people-centric building.
How will updates in smart building technology shape Buildings of the Future? Explore the latest report from Verdantix, independent research, and advisory firm, to find out.
Build it for zero carbon
Buildings consume about 30% of the world’s energy and account for almost 40% of annual CO2 emissions. To be sustainable, buildings — both new and existing — need to change. To limit global warming to 1.5°C by 2050, as specified by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), every effort must be made to decarbonize buildings.
At Schneider Electric, we are deeply committed to this cause. IntenCity, our new net-zero energy Building of the Future in Grenoble, France, is not only a showcase for our commitment to sustainability but also an example of how we can help you tackle this complex but critical task.
Explore our guide for a comprehensive plan to delivering and operating net-zero buildings.
Three steps to net-zero buildings
When beginning to design or retrofit a building for net-zero carbon, leaders across the organization must align on a vision and path forward. It can be daunting to determine how and where to start your decarbonization journey, which is why we work collaboratively with your team to define what success looks like. We can help with structuring your decarbonization roadmap, understanding funding options, determining how you will communicate your commitment, and ultimately, helping get you from planning to results faster.
Building digitalization is a crucial and fundamental step to achieving net-zero targets and creates a single source of truth for real-time energy and sustainability data. It helps you visualize and understand how you’re managing energy and processes to optimize each and see where you can save and accurately report and benchmark progress.
For new “green build” facilities, electrical design and simulation, building information modeling can be included early in the design and build phases to meet sustainability goals.
For existing buildings that need sustainable retrofits, you may need to modernize building systems with the latest digital technology. The first major action should be to assess the level of digitization and capabilities of the building management system (BMS) and assets. We can help you assess your starting point and recommend ways to turn an old, outdated building into a smart, connected digital building equipped with the right devices and software to achieve net-zero carbon. New buildings that have just entered the "operate and maintain phase" can further optimize business and asset performance for sustainability.
With digitalization in place, you can finally take action to decarbonize your building. We recommend you do this by looking at ways to electrify your building operations and reduce energy usage by understanding how and where your energy is being wasted, such as in low-occupancy areas. After you have tackled energy efficiency and reduction goals, you can start to replace carbon-intensive, fossil-fueled energy sources with newer, greener technologies, and incorporate microgrids for the storage and management of energy generated on-site, allowing for less reliance on the grid and greater power reliability. We are accelerating sustainability for all, starting with our own net-zero targets, which have been validated by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).
Actively manage energy
Create positive energy buildings
See sustainability in action
As the number of natural and man-made disasters rises, building owners and operators must adapt continuously to new obstacles during times of crisis that often quickly change business priorities, threaten staffing levels, and lower operating budgets.
Buildings like Nemours Children’s Hospital utilize our EcoStruxure solutions to ensure they have dependable, resilient power management.
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Manage sites remotely
Improve power reliability
Cyber secure your building
Protect critical assets
Benefit from a hyper-efficient building
Advances in technology and IoT-enabled devices empower building owners and operators to use big data and AI to greatly lower operating costs and improve productivity by addressing space management, operational efficiency, and the occupants’ experience.
Buildings like the Hilton Garden Inn Dubai utilize EcoStruxure solutions to ensure efficient and uninterrupted operations and guest comfort.
Create a better experience
Improve space management
Efficiently manage assets
Tap into the grid
Enhance well-being with a people-centric building
It is estimated that we spend close to 90% of our time indoors. The indoor environment has an enormous impact on our health and well-being. People-centric buildings adapt to and enhance a person’s time in the building, providing a healthy, safe, and welcoming environment to live, work, and play.
Buildings like JLL’s APAC headquarters in Singapore, create a welcoming and productive workspace with EcoStruxure solutions.
Looking to create healthier buildings? Explore our guide to learn how.