EES - September 2015

September 2015

Smart buildings, smart move

Imagine a building that knows when you enter, reminds you of your daily meetings and knows your office temperature and lighting preferences. Today this is a reality. Smart Buildings are able to work, think and operate ‘smart’ while reducing expenses such as electricity costs.

According to The City of Cape Town’s Smart Building Handbook, buildings are responsible for 40% to 60% of greenhouse gas emissions in the city. By combining green and smart buildings, a more sustainable solution can be created. Greenhouse gas emissions and other negative environmental impacts can be reduced while optimising building performance.

From My Pen

The global trend to smart buildings intensifies

At the most fundamental level, a smart building is a building that uses Information Technology and a Building Management System to connect systems which typically operate independently. It leverages the connections to enable information to be shared. This creates a highly productive and comfortable working environment, substantially reduces energy consumption and environmental impact, and enhances physical security.


Taking smart building to a new level, experts foresee the introduction of several possible new innovations based on current technologies, such as façades that purify surrounding air, and parks situated on sky-bridges.


Whatever the degree of sophistication that industry players choose to implement, global trends attest that the trend towards smart buildings is rapidly intensifying and escalating.


Hilde Herman, Intern, EES Africa, examines this trend and in her words “how a building can come to life” in the latest white paper, ‘Smart buildings, smart move’.


EES Africa is involved in the construction of smart buildings in South Africa in locations ranging from Cape Town’s Victoria and Alfred Waterfront to Sandton’s impressive, fast expanding CBD. Please feel free to be in contact with us to discuss these exciting, far-reaching developments.



Managing Director