The Smart Building Center established in 2013 and opened by HRH Princess Lolowah Al Faisal, Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees and General Supervisor of Effat University. It operates under the administration of the Research and Consultancy Institute unit (RCI). SBRC's main role is to serve the needs of future technology-based built environment, with automated solutions for sustainable living. The research conducted at SBRC assumes a leading role in pioneering vital knowledge and innovative technology to advance the concept of smart buildings coping with the Saudi vision 2030 in building vibrant scarcities, ambitious nation through thriving economies.
It is accomplished through seamless combination of digital technologies and built environment involving a plethora of sciences such as architecture, engineering, materials, biometrics & sensory, computational design, digital fabrication, photonics and robotics.
To explore the use of innovative smart technologies integrated with intelligent building components in both physical and virtual environments. Whereas buildings should 'decide' the most efficient way of providing a convenient, comfortable and productive environment for the occupants too. The output will be benchmarking characteristics of the smart buildings fostering added-value and paradigm shift towards quality of the future built environment.
There is a focus on real-time optimization of the energy consumption in buildings, taking into account users' requirements, needs and expectations as well as the characteristics of the building design itself. The center's research and development looks at six drivers of change for smart buildings:
- Smart building materials
- Flexible building components
- Multi-functional bio-reactive facades
- Integrated renewable energies & sustainable design
- Building Information Modeling -based data visualization interface
- Smart systems for services, performance measurement and monitoring
SBRC operates through four Research Labs, where each lab functions in a way that feeding its area of research but serving eventually the overall vision and mission of the center. Those labs are: