e.control™ - the recommended technology for Green Buildings!

Sustainable construction

The growing significance of sustainability in the construction of non-residential buildings is reflected in particular in the success of various certification systems. In addition to the established LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) of the U.S. Green Building Council, the German Sustainable Building Certificate from the DGNB (German Sustainable Building Council) is gaining in significance within Europe. Both processes assess sustainable building criteria, such as ecological or functional quality as well as the quality of the building process with the aid of a points system. As the first certification system, the DGNB also evaluates the economy of a  building and is therefore responding to the interests of the investors.

Due to its high degree of energy efficiency, flexibility of use and ergonomic advantages, the e.control room automation system enhances the assessment of numerous criteria, with the result that it ranks as one of the most attractive investment options for Green Buildings.

Ecological quality

The considerable reduction in primary energy requirements (calculated according to DIN V 18599 [DGNB] /ASHRAE 90.1 [LEED]) thanks to a demand-based integrated room automation system is directly reflected in a reduction in the pollution potential during the utilisation phase (DGNB Criteria 1-5) and in the assessment of the primary energy requirements itself (DGNB Criteria 10-11 as well as LEED EA c1). In this way, 7 out of 12 ecological criteria according to the DGNB are optimised at the same time and up to 19 points obtained in accordance with LEED in addition to the minimum requirements being met (EA p2).

Economic quality

Since energy savings always mean cost savings, the life cycle costs (LCC) are ultimately reduced. An e.control system of BA efficiency class A, for example, reduces the LCC in an office building by more than 100 €/sqm compared to the same building designed to the European energy saving regulation's minimum standard (DGNB Criterion 16). Furthermore, the stability of value of a building is also expressed through its adaptability for alternative use. The efficient use of space (DGNB Criterion 27) and the convertibility for alternative use (DGNB Criterion 28) are taken as a basis for this. The modular e.control system supports both through total axis flexibility and the fact that there is no need for installations rooms thanks to decentralised system distributors. By contrast with DGNB, LEED does not include an evaluation of the economic quality.

Functional quality

In additional to the above-mentioned functional criteria – the efficient use of space and convertibility for alternative use – e.control also improves the level of thermal comfort in summer (DGNB Criterion 19, LEED IEQ c7) thanks to the sun-tracking control system of the sunblind which, at the same time, ensures a high degree of daylight, anti-glare feature and good transparency (DGNB Criterion 22, LEED IEQ c8). What’s more, e.control’s extensive range of integrated room control devices including web servers for browser and IP telephone connection also ensures an extraordinarily high degree of user-friendliness (DGNB Criterion 23, LEED IEQ c6).