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ABB integrates building automation into Microsoft’s Danish offices

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The Microsoft offices in Denmark where ABB has installed its KNX building automation system

Company claims to have sold its KNX intelligent building products to thousands of others already 

ABB has supplied a number of its building automation solutions, including daylight harvesting, to “increase the energy efficiency and comfort” for new Microsoft offices near Copenhagen, Denmark.

ABB’s KNX building control platform is used in several thousand installations worldwide, claims the company.

It utilizes what it calls “the Internet of Things, Services and People (IoTSP)” to adapt control functions in line with the natural rhythm of the day. 

Studies demonstrate that intelligent building control can reduce energy usage by up to 30 per cent, according to ABB.

In Lyngby, on the outskirts of Copenhagen, Microsoft’s new 18,000 square meter building is made up of two adjoining cubes with a large V-shaped atrium running through the buildings, creating a light and spacious work area.

ABB’s intelligent building system is designed complement the architecture, and maintain the indoor climate through temperature, air quality, and lighting controls.

“This is a landmark building project using state-of-the-art solutions fitting for a leading technology company like Microsoft. This is a great example of two technology pioneers collaborating to mitigate the impact on the environment through IoTSP technology,” said Tarak Mehta, ABB’s electrification products division president.

The building’s façade and ceiling are glass, facilitating the use of daylight harvesting technology. Sensors measure the levels of natural sunlight and presence detection in the building and the system regulates the lighting and shutter controls.

By using the sun’s warmth and light and adjusting the blinds, energy savings can be made with respect to employee comfort. Studies have shown savings of between 20 to 60 per cent on the lighting energy consumption – lighting equates to 30 per cent of a building’s energy usage.

The project was delivered by the Danish electrical contractor Hoffmann.

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