11 Aug 2022

Operating system for developing smart building applications

Dar Group is using EcoStruxure Building Graph at its Holborn, London, European HQ to push the boundaries of sustainable development and design with smart technology

Schneider Electric is introducing EcoStruxure Building Graph. It is described as a Building Operating System for Smart Building Applications.

Above: Dar Group is using EcoStruxure Building Graph at its Holborn, London, European HQ to push the boundaries of sustainable development and design with smart technology.

A truly smart building uses technology to deliver space and energy efficiencies, easily accommodates change, fosters resiliency, and links occupants to a better, more connected experience. But to drive more efficient workflows across the entire building lifecycle from the design to the build phase, buildings of the future need to be digitized to allow IT and OT systems to integrate in a more seamless and connected way.

The challenge, however, is most buildings today have disparate systems, which inhibits integration. This innovative building design aid provides a digital twin of buildings with full, contextualized data and control of building systems.

Now, EcoStruxure Building Graph from Schneider Electric removes the complexities of integrating building systems and accessing building data in siloed environments. By introducing technology and system integration as a core component of the design phase of the building value chain, buildings will be future-proof and enable sustainable, resilient, efficient, and people-centric use cases.

“Buildings are becoming smarter and more connected resulting in an exponential growth of data,” said Luis D’Acosta, Executive Vice President of Digital Energy Global at Schneider Electric. “Making the most of the data generated by buildings and people within them is key to delivering the full value of digitisation and removes the complexities that come with integrating building systems. It provides application developers with the real-time data access they need.”

The Dar Group, a privately-owned professional services group, is putting EcoStruxure Building Graph to use at its new 19,000-square-foot European headquarters in London to create a people-centric working environment focused on employee well-being enhanced by data. Using real-time data monitoring, the collaboration has resulted in reducing carbon emissions by 18.5% and being shortlisted for the prestigious global BREEAM 2021 Awards.

“Dar Group and Schneider Electric share a common vision for creating sustainable communities worldwide,” says Andrew Loudon, UK&E MD at Dar Group. “Our European headquarters at 150 Holborn in London is pushing the boundaries of sustainable development and design with smart technology.”

Key features

EcoStruxure Building Graph alleviates integration complexities to deliver smart applications such as:

  • Integrates with Schneider Electric’s on-premise connected room and BMS through EcoStruxure Building Operation.
  • Complemented by Schneider Electric’s native cloud applications, Engage Enterprise and Building Advisor, as well as industry partner Planon.
  • Focus on occupant well-being: by aggregating and contextualizing these data types in EcoStruxure Building Graph, the values can be easily accessed for comfort score ranking and analysed to pinpoint opportunities to improve work environments.
  • Advanced BMS Technology: A cloud-based digital twin and linked data platform providing APIs and telemetry feeds to extensive data sources.