Rueil-Malmaison (France), September 24, 2010 – Schneider Electric has implemented an intelligent building management system for the Institut du Cerveau et de la Moelle épinière (ICM), a world centre for research, inaugurated today in Paris.
The ICM, which carries out both fundamental and clinical research, aspires to a better understanding of brain and spinal cord diseases and to rapidly develop effective treatments through research. The building, which is located at the heart of the Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital Group, was designed to facilitate a new, collaborative vision of research over 22,000 m² of laboratories which bring together 600 researchers from around the world.
“Schneider Electric has implemented technologies which will provide the ICM and its occupants with comfort, energy efficiency, flexibility and a promising development,” said Frédéric Abbal, President of Schneider Electric France. “We have delivered efficient solutions to meet the requirements dictated by the nature of the ICM’s research activities. And by providing a “21 CFR part 11” compliant monitoring post, the Group has once again demonstrated its understanding of the particular needs of its health industry clients."
Schneider Electric has provided integrated technical solutions and services to achieve the highest levels of energy efficiency: Building Management System (BMS), metering system, live monitoring, etc. The systems will also ensure occupants remain comfortable: timer controls; lighting, heating and air-conditioning management systems, etc.
The BMS architecture is based on open protocols to control all functions: lighting, chilled beams, communication with electricity production, heating, and cooling systems, etc. The building has been fitted with a total of almost 5,800 control points, 4,600 of which are for heating or air conditioning equipment, and 1,200 for electrical distribution. The Group has provided specific control points for the ICM laboratories: temperature, fume cupboard¹ processes.
Using real-time energy consumption management and monitoring software, Schneider Electric has provided an innovative and simple intelligent energy management system. Energy consumption levels will be available to all occupants in real time, displayed on two screens in the cafeteria and the ICM offices waiting room, via an energy consumption control panel.
¹A device for extracting toxic fumes emanating from products used in the laboratories (similar to an extractor hood)
About Schneider Electric
As a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple market segments, including leadership positions in energy and infrastructure, industrial processes, building automation, and data centres/networks, as well as a broad presence in residential applications. Focused on making energy safe, reliable, and efficient, the company's 100,000 plus employees achieved sales of more than 15.8 billion euros in 2009, through an active commitment to help individuals and organisations “Make the most of their energy”.