Schneider Electric announced the company had joined buildingSMART International’s Strategic Advisory Council (SAC)
Schneider Electric said that there is a growing need for standards, processes, and digitization of energy management at the design, construction, operational and maintenance phases of building operations.
The strategic partnership will also see the formation of the “Sustainable Energy Management” Room, created to improve collaboration and exchanges around design patterns in sustainable energy management for the benefit of the built asset industry.
Schneider Electric’s Normalised Electrical Model (NEM), which aims to solve collaboration challenges for electrical design, will also be available to the buildingSMART International community. The NEM will be harmonized with Industry Foundation Classes (IFC), extending the range and functionality of open standards, particularly for buildings and smart cities. NEM describes the electrical network with electrical functions, devices and energy behavior. Schneider Electric also said that NEM is a true “digital twin” of the electrical network, helping with data flows across the various lifecycle phases.
Richard Petrie, chief executive at buildingSMART International, said, “Schneider Electric joining the SAC not only shows a real intent from them to help shape the industry, but it also shows how committed they are to enabling a more sustainable future. Their desire to form the “Sustainable Energy Performance” Room and further develop their NEM model means we expect big things. It is important to embrace the existing body of work already done by Schneider and to advance this to enable integrated open workflow capabilities in this important area. This is hugely exciting. The fact they want to develop this in our community shows real progress, demonstrates confidence in us and the buildingSMART worldwide community will benefit as a result.”
Marc Nezet, energy management software transformation SVP for Schneider Electric, commented, “Buildings are at the bedrock of global decarbonisation and need to undergo a seismic shift in efficiency and sustainability. Our decision to join the BuildingSMART Strategic Advisory Council is another clear indicator that Schneider Electric is a leading player in software for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of a wide range of facilities. As member of Strategic Advisory Council we will contribute to support interoperability, open BIM standard to empower any software user across the life cycle to make better informed decision for sustainable and efficient building. As founding member of “sustainable energy management” room, Schneider Electric will bring its leadership expertise in electrification and automation to IFC standard to support low carbon compliance from Design to operation. Our focus on developing world-class software is right at the heart of our mission to be our customers’ digital partners in sustainability and efficiency. I am very excited about what this partnership will bring in terms of innovation to the building lifecycle.”
Last month, Schneider Electric announced the launch of EcoStruxure Building Graph, a new building operating system and linked data platform.
The French company said that the operating system will provide the digital twin of buildings for seamless access to building systems’ data and control.
EcoStruxure Building Graph will connect data across various systems and IoT devices, enabling secure data accessibility and application development.