The Edge, Deloitte’s new Amsterdam office building, was designated recently among the most sustainable office buildings in the globe. The building takes up only 0.3 kWh per square metre, yearly – a performance so strong that it improves upon Net Zero by returning energy to the grid from the photovoltaic cells located on its southern wall. 

The Edge accomplishes this feat through use of the EcoStruxure™ Building from Schneider Electric. This is an open innovation platform for structures – a cooperative Internet of Things (IoT) plan that enlists a scalable, secure and universal architecture to facilitate the development of forward-thinking smart buildings. 

EcoStruxure Building interconnects hardware, software, and services across an Ethernet IP backbone to optimise building efficiency, comfort and productivity, and to maintain or even enhance building value.

Schneider accomplished The Edge’s excellence through the creation of a trio of EcoStruxure layers. These are Connected Products, that facilitate control of all building systems from a single centralised location; Edge Control, the localised, designated implementation of EcoStruxure that oversees The Edge and is custom-designed to accommodate the building’s individualized features; and Apps, Analytics and Services that provide a constant monitoring service for the building, overlooking people’s activities in the space and reporting feedback regarding the space to the central control, thus allowing for the adjustment of the building system to achieve the perfect inherent equation of comfort and efficiency.

With office buildings and construction work accounting for approximately 36 per cent of global final energy consumption and 40 per cent of direct and indirect CO2 consumption, developments such as EcoStruxure–which provide for transparency of consumption and the highly usable tools needed to cut down on that consumption, could greatly enhance the sustainable performance of any given office—making our workplaces work for us.