The Edge is an innovative building located in Amsterdam. It was designed by OMA architect Ron Bakker and has become a revolution in sustainable and energy efficient building. The building covers an area of 40,000 m2 and it is entirely controlled by the IoT, which optimises energy consumption by regulating every element of the building from lighting to heating.
The Edge has been enabled with a Smart Building System. Occupancy, routing, heating and ventilation are all controlled by the IoT system, giving the building an unprecedented 98.36% energy efficiency.
The IoT system, installed by the Dutch company Dell, is made up of 28,000 connected sensors that regulate the operation of all devices, ensuring uniformity of temperature and lighting conditions and keeping energy consumption to the lowest level/minimum.
The Edge's designers have prioritized the use of natural light and the building has large exterior windows that allow diffused light to enter the building. The aim is to reduce the use of artificial light and save energy. The Edge also uses an underground heating system for temperature management, where hot and cold water is supplied through pipes, helping to maintain the ideal temperature while reducing energy consumption.
The Edge received LEED Platinum certification from the US Green Building Council in 2016, which recognizes a building's environmental credentials. The building design focused on employee comfort and facilities were installed to meet these standards. It has become a model for sustainable, energy-efficient homes that combine human comfort with minimal environmental impact.
Using innovative technologies, applying new green designs and materials, and focusing on occupant comfort, The Edge is a fantastic example of how buildings can be made sustainable and energy efficient. The building's levels of energy efficiency, technological innovation and ergonomic design have made it a significant benchmark for environmentalism.
A real example of how it is possible to reshape our notions of energy and resource management in building construction.
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