Building operation & automation

Today’s buildings are increasingly complex “systems”. This applies in particular to non-residential buildings, which are often individually planned and crafted prototypes in order to also support individual user profiles with a high level of comfort. The commissioning of such buildings requires a phase of intensive adjustment and optimisation. Even during ongoing operation, suitable skills and tools are required to constantly guarantee user comfort in an energy-and cost-efficient manner.

However, there is often a lack of understanding about how to “correctly” use modern heating and ventilation technology as well as about the functions and concepts of building operational management using appropriate systems. Normally, users can intervene individually, because this increases the acceptance and personal comfort. Their behaviour can be contrary, however, to the energy and comfort concept, for example when windows are opened in winter or high summer. That is why well-designed human-technology interfaces are just as important as information campaigns about how the building functions.

In many new-build and refurbishment projects, the systems for the building operational management are examined in particular detail and scientifically evaluated in terms of the building’s energy efficiency performance, user behaviour and user satisfaction.

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