‘Data obtained for energy efficiency could be equally used for the aeging society’

From the book ‘ICT Roadmap for Energy Efficient Buildings – Research and Actions’ (the outcomes of the FP7 Framework project ICT4E2B). The book will be presented on 28 February at the European Parliament in Brussels. Download a free copy of the book here

A summary of the interview with one of the stakeholders in the Construction sector:

Ger Maas from Royal BAM Group, the Netherlands, is involved in European projects on the subject of E2B and Smart Cities. According to him, new business models with performance-based contracts are a key challenge for achieving energy efficiency in buildings. “European regulation, just as regulation at national level, should carefully consider accountability for the functionality of what is being built. This happens in other industries, such as the food sector, why not in buildings and the built environment?” Maas expects that performance agreements will improve the performance of the houses, buildings and the whole built environment.

 ‘’We should adapt learnings from ICT and energy efficiency to other societal challenges such as parallel developments in water efficiency and the ageing society”

The added value of ICT in this change of direction, according to Maas, is the ability to monitor the quality of the buildings during their usage phase. This output allows partners to learn together for a sustainable future, based on real data and real measures. Considering the long-term vision of this roadmap, he stresses the need to look beyond the area of energy efficiency at the adaptation of ICT learnings to parallel developments in water efficiency, and even the ageing society. “These challenges require similar answers and our sector will have to deal with solutions in each of the areas”, he says. “Monitoring, for example, will be a major issue in retirement homes. How do people move inside the buildings and what does this teach us for improvement in design and construction? The sensors and devices may look different, but the analogies behind the technologies are similar. Data and analysis obtained for energy efficiency could be equally used for other societal challenges. The relevance of these technologies stretches far beyond energy efficiency.”