Smart: Building Technologies + Lighting


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BAU 2019 is the place to meet experts on the future of building. Already today the roadmap is being drawn up for how our cities and communities will look in 25 years time. Head for Hall C2 to find out about the latest trends and technologies, such as lighting control in smart homes.

Smart home technology – Lighting control through innovative concepts

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The building industry is undergoing significant change and it is facing many new challenges: In future where we work and where we live will be much more closely integrated. We will no longer be so dependent on our employer´s physical location. That is also leading to a new understanding of mobility. Instead of “faster and further”, our working day will be guided more by “closer and quieter”. That can, however, only happen if our homes also have the potential to be used as a place of work. The market leaders in integrated buildings and lighting planning are coming to BAU to present their visions of the world of work and home in the 21st century. Discover the latest technologies and find out about the latest trends in smart building.

Energy efficiency & comfort through lighting controls

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In a smart building all the devices are linked up in a shared “smart grid” and so can communicate directly or indirectly with each other, supported by the internet of things technology. That means energy streams can be controlled and optimized. In a larger network excess energy can be distributed to neighboring buildings. Entire urban districts can in this way be connected up in an intelligent network. Lighting controls are playing an important role as part of the trends and technological developments around the smart home.

In the last ten years or so there has been big change in particular in artificial lighting. LED technology—now the standard in lighting planning—has completely transformed the entire lighting sector. Light in buildings now not only uses less energy, it needs less space and, because of the longer life of LEDs, it also needs less maintenance. That is having an effect of course on electrical planning, but also on architectural design itself. Inspections no longer have to be carried out by caretakers, they can be done every few years by external specialists. The focus in lighting planning can therefore be all the more on design.

Renowned lighting designers have long been part of the planning and design team. The use of artificial lighting and daylight is optimized at the planning stage, and designed to be controlled via a smartphone. Targeted lighting planning takes into account the functions of the different rooms or zones:
  • room light (e.g. hallway, staircase) serves for orientation
  • zone light is used in specific areas (e.g. table lamp)
  • mood light gives atmosphere in a room or sets accents (e.g. underlines the mood of a picture on the wall)

In a smart home it is also possible to define emergency programs, for use in a fire, for example. So, in future our homes will become safer as well as more comfortable and energy-efficient.

Experience the future of building close up. Meet the experts and find out from them what´s happening in lighting control for smart homes.

In and around Hall C2:

  • more than 200 exhibitors of facade solutions

  • the biggest European gathering of building IT companies

  • top market leaders in integrated building and lighting control/shading

  • over 130 companies exhibiting glass solutions

  • BAU’s high-caliber Architects Forum