The world’s first office building produced by a 3D printer has just opened in Dubai. The 250-square-meter “Office of the Future” was built using a 3D printer measuring 20 feet high, 120 feet long and 40 feet wide, and erected near the Emirates Towers in Dubai. The building technology with access control and surveillance systems was provided by Siemens and is integrated into a central building management platform. The technology ensures low operating costs and reduced energy consumption.
“We are proud to be participating in this pioneering project and supporting Dubai’s Smart City strategy by providing state-of-the-art technology for intelligent, digitalized building automation and controls,” said Matthias Rebellius, CEO of the Siemens Building Technologies Division.
The key components of the “Office of the Future” are integrated with the help of Siemens’ Desigo CC building management platform. The platform enables the control and optimization of the building’s technical infrastructure, surveillance, air conditioning and access control systems from a central location. A customized platform displays the status of the various systems in real time, enabling operators to accurately monitor and control the building’s performance.
The “Office of the Future” concept uses a Siemens video surveillance system with high-definition cameras and web-enabled access via apps and web clients, and an access control system based on biometrics and smart cards. Siemens also supplied fire protection technology for detection, alarms and control, including multi-sensor detectors which can adapt to changing environments, analyze signals for false alarms and protect against hazards such as the presence of carbon monoxide. The system can also be analyzed, evaluated and diagnosed remotely for more efficient maintenance.
“Integrating key functions into an intelligent building management system has clear safety, cost and efficiency benefits, and Siemens is a leading company able to combine the management of all building disciplines in one integrated platform,” continued Rebellius. “Desigo CC gives building operators a precise overview of their assets, not only allowing them to be managed more efficiently and transparently, but also ensuring flexible usage and energy conservation.”
The Desigo CC building management platform is also able to accommodate a wider range of building systems including heating, ventilation and air conditioning, power, lighting and shading, and components can be added when requirements change. Worldwide installations of Desigo CC have led to reductions in building operating costs of up to 20 percent.