How to Develop an Energy Efficient Building Solution?

By CIOReview | Tuesday, July 9, 2019

As energy consumption increases in building sector, the Microgrids and IoT technology can resolve the problem caused due to traditional energy practices.

FREMONT, CA: Post-2017, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) stated that residential and commercial building sector consumed a significant chunk of the energy, which was equivalent to 38 quadrillion BTUs. With growing numbers of energy consumption in the global market, the commercial building sector alone can potentially save a significant part of the energy with efficient technological applications.

Recent studies from industry experts have revealed that due to urbanization, the cooling and heating demand will fluctuate in between 7 and 40 percent in the upcoming years. Furthermore, with the population density becoming strictly urban and suburban, the energy consumption will face a catapulting demand. However, the rise of active technologies like district heating possesses the ability to centralize thermal operation across multiple buildings, which enables an efficient future. 

Urban living comes with its own set of energy trade-offs and the limited access to solar power with other energy efficient ventures obstructs the growth of electrically efficient, cost-effective future. On the other hand, diverse urban internet of things (IoT) devices have the power to ameliorate the complexities led by the obscure designing challenges.

Established nations should turn towards technological development to retrofit the energy problems led by traditional building practices. Developing technologies like Microgrids and IoT can be used to optimize energy consumption in buildings. Utilizing upgraded techniques will provide an additional encounter to both commercial and residential building energy problems and further prevent energy wastage.

Interconnected loads, an embedded application of microgrids have the power to distribute energy resources within a controlled environment, therefore, providing a single controllable entity for manipulating energy. Hence, by leveraging microgrids energy to minimize the transmission loss, the building enterprises will save energy.

Urbanization of IoT sensors has access to greenhouse emission data and distribution of these next-generation sensors across the city can provide a real-time ecological data and electronic information which can be analyzed by experts to construct a hazard-free building. Additionally, smart monitors in the construction sites interlinked with synthetic sensors could automatically shut down mechanical, electrical, and pumping devices whenever leaks are detected and create an infrastructure with maximum efficiency.