The Symposium was run in collaboration with the International Energy Agency’s Annex 81 “Data-Driven Smart Buildings”. With around half of the presentations coming from international speakers, the Symposium was a great opportunity to hear some different perspectives and get insight from around the world
Lagom and all that.
The Symposium led off with a keynote presentation from Professor Ivo Martinac (KTH Royal Institute of Technology), former vice-president of REHVA and Chair of the REHVA Task Force on Smart Buildings. He used the Swedish idea of Lagom (“in balance” or “just enough”) to call for a whole-of-building approach that serves the needs of building users and avoids the mistake of deploying digitalisation for its own sake. He also noted the importance of digitalisation as a critical management tool through access to measurement/data.
Subsequent sessions covered topics of:
- Case studies, implementation learnings and novel smart building use-cases
- Development and benchmarking of machine learning-based techniques for HVAC control
- Opporunities and practical experience in the collection use of meta-data (semantic modelling)
- A deep dive into examples of grid-integrated control
Barriers and opportunities
With 14 presentations and a panel session, it was a very packed day. I heard lots of comments praising the breadth of topics covered and the quality of the work. Pleasingly, there was a strong sense that the industry is progressing rapidly and that there is an exciting purpose and vision for what lies ahead.