Digital building technologies: Borderstep at ICT4S 2022
Borderstep presented current research results at ICT4S 2022 ICT for Sustainability. Every year, the international conference bring together leading researchers in ICT for Sustainability with government and industry representatives, including decision-makers with an interest in using ICT for sustainability, researchers focusing on ICT effects on sustainability and developers of sustainable ICT systems or applications.
This year, the conference was held as a hybrid event at the University of Plovdiv in Bulgaria from June 13 to 17, 2022.
Borderstep presents study for digital association Bitkom at ICT4S
Borderstep was represented at ICT4S 2022 by two experts. Borderstep Managing Director Dr. Severin Beucker and Borderstep Researcher Simon Hinterholzer from the Digitisation and Green IT research area presented the results of a study for the digital association Bitkom.
“Building automation can save large amounts of fossil energy and emissions by 2030. That’s what our study for Bitkom shows.” Dr. Severin Beucker, shareholder and senior researcher at the Borderstep Institute, emphasizes.
Building automation could make almost 10% of gas imports from Russia dispensable
In view of the current political situation, the topic of energy saving takes on a whole new significance. Energy efficiency is the key here, says Severin Beucker. “According to a recent Borderstep calculation, the use of building automation can make almost 10% of Russian gas imports dispensable.”
The study on Klimaschutz und Energieeffizienz durch digitale Gebäudetechnologien includes the results for the German building sector. It assessed whether and how the study’s building model and assessment of climate protection potential can be used in other European countries. The paper also assesses how CO2 savings in the building sector can be incorporated into climate protection strategies.
The ICT4S conference also served as an opportunity for the Borderstep scientists to exchange ideas on an international level on the subject of ICT and sustainability. Digitalization can make an important contribution to solving the energy crisis, Simon Hinterholzer, researcher at Borderstep, is certain. “We need to quickly reduce energy demand with available efficiency measures such as building automation and, in parallel, further expand the supply of renewable energies.”
Simon Hinterholzer’s commentary on the situation looks suitably optimistic: “Our studies show: We have the technology to drive our energy independence. Now it’s a matter of implementing these solutions quickly.”
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