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Smart Building

Smart buildings are sustainable

Intelligence and data help create more human-centred and flexible offices and a more sustainable built environment.

Smart buildings make everyday life easier for both users and owners

YIT’s Smart Building concept improves the comfort, efficiency, productivity and eco-friendliness of buildings by consolidating the data from all of the building’s technical systems on a single platform. Smart buildings benefit property owners, maintenance providers and users alike.

It all starts with standardised data and practices

The YIT Smart Building concept consists of sensors, the building’s digital twin and end-user interfaces that enable data-driven management and sustainable and safe conditions, not forgetting services.

Data consolidation and a standardised way of processing and utilising data at all stages of the property's life cycle are at the core of the Smart Building concept. The concept is based on the global REC (RealEstateCore) standard.


YIT’s smart buildings are covered by technical and functional requirements, as well as instructions for the entire life cycle of the building, from design through construction to the use and maintenance phase. These requirements and instructions ensure that all parties of the construction project know how to follow the concept and standards. It also benefits the life cycle services of the property when all the requirements are taken into account in the building’s design stage.

How do smarter office buildings meet different needs?

Thanks to standardised data, the users of the space can:

  • make reservations
  • reserve workstations more easily
  • find suitable routes
  • find information and colleagues more easily
  • gain access to the space with the mobile application

Property owners can:

  • optimise the use of the space
  • predict the number of meals needed at the restaurant
  • plan the flow of people in the building
  • create comfortable indoor conditions (e.g. heating, cooling and air conditioning)

Data also makes it easier to create new services.

Seamless cooperation between data and services can both reduce and shorten waiting times, maintenance downtime and other unpleasant waiting in daily work. Data also supports the creation of new services.

Moreover, the open and standardised approach can help make the services in and around the building, such as public transport, more accessible to the user.

  • Through predictive maintenance and service, the use of the space can be planned on the basis of data, even in old buildings. This is what YIT has done at Workery+ Vallila, where only the spaces that have been used are cleaned and the restaurant gets an estimate on the number of meals needed on the basis of forecasts and actual occupancy rates.

  • In the future, buildings can be upgraded with new features during their life cycle. At YIT, we want to be a pioneer and trendsetter in the use of data and intelligence in the built environment. Our Smart Building concept is a big leap towards more responsible and user-centred, living buildings.

  • With the help of data, the building learns how energy is stored in the structures. By combining the data with the weather forecast, the property can be optimised to store cheaper energy. Artificial intelligence does this 24/7. We have achieved energy savings of up to 20% by optimising the property with artificial intelligence.

Workery+ Vallila is our Smart Building lab

Workery+ Vallila is a state-of-the-art smart office that utilises Smart Building solutions. Every Workery+ customer has access to an application where they can reserve workstations and meeting rooms as well as indicate when they are in the building. The reservation data is also used, for example, for optimising the air conditioning and the number of meals at the restaurant.

Diagnostics and artificial intelligence enable us to optimise the functioning of the property and create sustainable and safe conditions. By utilising data, we can also make the space more efficient and plan the flow of people better. The property management is based on software that shows, for example, to the property owner an overview of the energy efficiency and maintenance of the property.


Contact us and ask more about Smart Building solutions

Juho Siitonen
VP, Strategy and Development