Besix reveals new 'smart' HQ powered by AI, solar panels

Besix reveals new 'smart' HQ powered by AI, solar panels
Besix Nederland's new HQ, built alongside Proximus, features AI and solar panels.
Published: 13 March 2019 - 5 a.m.

Belgian construction giant Besix, which is working on projects such as Expo 2020 Dubai’s Belgium Pavilion and Shindagha Bridge, has revealed the design of its 'smart' Netherlands offices that it said "can be considered as a European reference in the field".

The Dordrecht building was developed after Besix Group entered a partnership with technology company Proximus to work on the project, and has been operational as the headquarters of Besix Nederland since February 2019.

According to Besix, the building generates its own electricity, and is installed with an energy management system to maximise consumption. Artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms have been deployed to monitor the balance between energy production, consumption, and storage.

Solar energy is used to power the building, while an internal battery is used to manage surplus energy and serve the building's parking lot.

In addition to AI, more familiar technologies such as optical fibres and sensors – internal and external – have been fitted in the building, as have systems to manage meeting areas, access control, and security.

ARCHITECTURE

Besix said the internal architecture of the building focuses on efficiency and user comfort.

In a statement, the construction giant said its new Netherlands headquarters also feature a transparent atrium and extensive greenery to provide natural air purification.

Commenting on the building, Rik Vandenberghe, chief executive officer of Besix said: "Smart buildings are the future of the construction sector. Dordrecht perfectly showcases this, for example, through the use of AI algorithms to optimie its electricity consumption.

"Our partnership with Proximus enables us to effectively implement these new technologies, with the aim to develop new housing and workplace concepts."

Dominique Leroy, CEO of Proximus, added that the Dordrecht structure is an "important step in the evolution of smart buildings’’.

"We are closely monitoring how [our technologies] will be used, along with the feedback of the people now working in the building," he continued.

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