IoT.nxt is partnering with parent company Vodacom to highlight sustainability challenges and how technology can address this at the 14th Green Building Council South Africa Convention to be hosted in Cape Town next week.

“The Green Building Council in SA – and the many similar councils around the world – is a very important body that was established to help building environments achieve lowered carbon emissions. Inefficient ways of producing and consuming energy, significantly contributing to climate change. The council strives to drive responsible and innovative ways to produce energy in a more sustainable way,” says Vusi Mngomezulu, Head of Sales at IoT.nxt.

“Internet of Things (IoT) technology deliver a formidable solution to address the challenges and transform the way buildings operate. Using this technology makes it easier to achieve a Green Star certification for efficient buildings and for the ratings itself to be improved. IoT allows for the control and management of all systems in a building with intelligent building management systems. These can record the number of grid power hours that a building use, drive the effective use of HVAC systems, monitor the consumption of all utilities, providing real-time data to building managers can use to drive efficiencies. This will optimize running costs,” he adds.

Non-technology solutions that can contribute to a more efficient and ‘green’ building include using more glass in design to allow for natural light illumination as opposed to electric lighting, the use of solar power to generate electricity, improving internal air quality by adding plants.

According to Mngomezulu IoT.nxt, with Vodacom, will present a green digital building solution that combines IoT technology and carbon consciousness to create a super building. “This is achieved through innovative technologies, digital solutions and intelligent data analytics that enables their respective transition towards a low-carbon future.”

“We have developed several smart building solutions that are now active in several buildings in different territories. Significant energy savings, more efficient use of available space, people monitoring, and air quality monitoring are some of the elements introduced. The green buildings of the future will have a multitude of sensors to monitor, track and manage every aspect of the activities in the building. The data captured by the sensors is visualized on a single screen, the IoT.nxt Commander, making it possible to monitor all elements at a glance,” Mngomezulu says.

A green building is a structure that, in its design, construction and/or operation, reduces or eliminates negative impacts, (or even create positive impacts), on the environment. Green buildings preserve precious natural resources and improve our quality of life. A digital building guarantees economic and environmental performance over time, through smart and cutting-edge technologies and solutions which enables new management paradigms. “We have blended the two concepts to offer the digital green building solution,” Mngomezulu notes.

“Sustainability is a major global business issue and the world’s biggest companies are adopting new policies and introducing the latest technology to manage buildings better. The IoT.nxt solution is technology agnostic so can be introduced in older buildings, it is not only suitable for new buildings,” he says.

*The Green Building South Africa 2021 Convention will be hosted at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from 2 to 4 November 2021. IoT.nxt joins Vodacom, one of the lead sponsors of the event, at the exhibition. Shobana Singh, Managing Executive for the Property and Facilities team within the Vodacom Group, is one of the speakers of the plenary presentations.