Besix - Making buildings smarter

Challenge

As a globally active construction company with a strong commitment to innovation, BESIX is investigating the impact technology can have on construction, as well as on building management and the user experience. This is in line with the trend to offer a total package of innovative services throughout the entire life cycle of buildings.

The ambition of BESIX is to create smart buildings that offer a superior experience to their users while also contributing to a sustainable future. In order to achieve this, BESIX is developing the necessary in-house expertise to bridge the gap between technology and construction. For example, the company has designed and built a next-generation intelligent building in the Dutch city of Dordrecht, and this building can be considered as a European reference in the field. The building has innovations that are focused on user experience, community, smart energy management, sustainability, and comfort.

Solution

BESIX implemented Spacewell’s smart building solution to monitor the use of space and the indoor climate. By analysing sensor data, the company first checks whether the environment adequately supports the choice for a new way of working. The next step is to make the data available to the building users and to link it to the reservation system. The project is also an important test case for replacing wired sensors (such as those used in a traditional HVAC system with thermostats) with wireless ones for measuring indoor climate.

The BESIX building is also smart in terms of energy: the building learns how energy is used in terms of environmental factors.

Result

In terms of energy consumption, BESIX is already able to predict the usage pattern for the next day. The company, therefore, abandons traditional long-term contracts and only buys the energy it needs via the spot market. Electric cars and a local battery are also intelligently controlled according to this predicted consumption pattern. These algorithms will become even smarter and more accurate via a link to the occupancy data.

BESIX is evolving in the office market from a traditional builder to a total service provider. The company cooperates with Proximus and Spacewell on smart, digital buildings in which services such as occupancy measurement are integrated.

Scenario

Internet iof Things, Predictive analyses, Smart Buildings solutions.

Metrics

Dutch headquarters in Dordrecht as a test lab.
The future is smarter buildings that integrate services such as occupancy measurement, while continuously adapting to evolving needs. The data and insights from Spacewell concerning the use of space and comfort are essential in this – they help us shape our future business models.
Bart Gentens

Senior Manager for new and improved client solutions, BESIX Group