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Decarbonization and Digitalization for a Better Building Industry


Lowering energy use has become the banner governments and energy companies revolve around. Especially now as most are scrambling to get alternative fuel sources. In the meantime, the current energy crisis is affecting more than households. Many industries have to curtail production. Factories are also shutting down. Because of this, Industry leaders are now pushing for decarbonization.

What is decarbonization? It’s the process of reducing carbon. Society has to decrease its reliance on fossil fuels. The end goal would be to avoid them altogether. Decarbonization is not enough though. It should also work in tandem with digitalization.

Lowering our reliance on carbon has to happen in every part of our lives. It should become integrated into manufacturing and supply chains. There should also be a shift in how we transport goods and use electricity.

Every industry would need a different approach to decarbonization. But sustainability and energy efficiency are still the main goals.

The building industry is one sector that needs to work on decarbonization. It accounts for 40% of the energy used worldwide. What’s more, managing and operating buildings account for 27% of carbon emissions. The sheer volume of ongoing construction projects shows that implementation should happen now. This industry needs to become more sustainable and energy efficient.

Using the Internet of Things (IoT) is one of the best ways to make the sector more energy efficient. It should work in tandem with the right digital solutions. This will ensure the data required to manage energy consumption is always provided.

The two are critical. IoT devices provide a lot of visibility. The data from using digital building management systems can show where inefficiencies occur. Engineers and IT experts can come up with solutions using this information.

That’s only a springboard for efficiency. Many things are possible when integrating digital solutions within the construction industry. It can open the way for better energy use. It can also enhance performance services like storage and microgrid control. It can also improve EV charging solutions. Businesses can do asset performance management in a holistic way too.

It’s vital that industries use digital twin technologies. These provide a way to check an optimal solution. Ascertaining if it works is necessary before it’s implemented. The right digital solution will show fast improvements in lifecycle performance. Businesses will also see immediate energy-saving advantages.

The challenge is getting many industry players to embrace 21st-century solutions. Many companies are wary about investing in digital technologies. But this technology is coming into its own. Which means it’s now more affordable.

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