Swiss power technology firm ABB has supplied its building automation solutions, including daylight harvesting, to improve the energy efficiency of new Microsoft offices near Copenhagen, Denmark.


ABB’s KNX building control platform uses the Internet of Things, Services and People (IoTSP) to adapt control functions as per the daylight requirements.

Studies suggest that intelligent building control can reduce energy usage by about 30%.

The Microsoft’s office in Copenhagen is an 18,000m² building which is made up of two adjoining cubes with a large V-shaped atrium running via the buildings.

ABB’s intelligent building system maintains ideal indoor climate with the help of optimized temperature, air quality and lighting.

The building’s façade and ceiling are made of glass which is ideal for daylight harvesting.

The level of sunlight and warmth are detected by sensors and the system regulates lighting system with shutter controls.

ABB Electrification Products division president Tarak Mehta said:"This is a landmark building project using state-of-the-art solutions fitting for a leading technology company like Microsoft."

"This is a great example of two technology pioneers collaborating to mitigate the impact on the environment through IoTSP technology."

Danish electrical contractor Hoffmann delivered the project.

Image: Microsoft Building, Denmark. Photo: courtesy of ABB.