Smart Buildings (Part 2)

| Last Updated: 4 August 2022

Efficient and sustainable smart buildings  

Buildings have traditionally been designed as somewhat isolated silos, performing their tasks. While buildings still need to run the systems, the modern world demand more complex relationships between buildings and their urban environment. Over the last few years, data has become a new important element. Modern smart buildings can no longer be in silos with for example energy and data, the value of breaking down the silos is now here. Data from smart buildings should be gathered on a large scale and distributed to the rest of the company, to manage the whole building. As McKinsey Global Institute describes, connected buildings have the potential to monitor and manage physical objects, track data, and use data to make data-driven decisions that optimize the performance of systems and processes and contribute to sustainability goals.  

Smart buildings and the buildings’ data form the basis for intelligent and efficient regulation and the control of information and resources. Because of these positive effects and the climate policy demands, the market shows an increasing economic interest in smart buildings. According to a recent scientific study, the annual market volume in the smart buildings sector is estimated at around 10 billion in 2025.  

To an integrated system 

Building data such as building conditions, energy usage, temperature, human movement, air quality, or behavior should be monitored and send to internal business stakeholders providing value. Currently, still many buildings lack the right infrastructure to become smart and be part of the digital transformation and integration. Buildings are becoming highly intelligent and sensor-rich environments. Gathering the needed amount of data from buildings, feeding the information into big data and artificial systems require a huge control to manage all the spaces. In contrast, buildings and spaces in the building can benefit from each other’s data to create efficiencies and other benefits for all users. Breaking down the silos contribute to the general attractiveness of the building. Information flows and smart infrastructures can provide users with optimal working conditions. Strategic decisions in buildings are made based on transparent data. To create this integration, data silos must be resolved in the future. Data silos and information silos can be for instance technological silos. Technological silos mostly concern interface problems, when data cannot be exchanged without problems.  

Companies are now offering solutions to couple systems’ data and link them without any problems. This smart integration between the traditional building systems and the fast-paced IT world delivers value to investors, users, and facility management. Building systems can learn from each other, where insights based on this data ensure satisfied users in efficient, sustainable, and flexible buildings.  


Understanding the whole real-time information flow from parking, entering the building, using the building, and leaving it can support the efficiency and sustainability goals. Full integration allows a smart building to structure itself as a virtual power plant for better regulation and sustainable balance. Smart buildings will play an increasingly important role in the future, for both building development and strategic considerations. The importance of the integration of open data and information structures is the start to provide this. Spaces in the buildings are ready to transform into smart workplaces, aware of their occupants, bringing customized experiences, with benefits such as increased productivity.  

Clappform believes in the use of data-driven solutions. We are able to contribute to this transformation by improving the building’s regulations. Our goal is to optimize the integration of the building systems and thereby manages energy consumption. Clappform can help your company to create a flexible, and sustainable environment, providing insights all visualized in real-time dashboards.  

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