SmartBuildings

Definition:

Smartbuildings, are designed to be quick build technology which achieve significant energy savings by taking advantage of improved technology and materials in terms of solid core building structures, solar battery electrical systems, LED Lighting, building automation systems, and optimized computers and networks, tied to broadband Internet connectivity. With these innovations integrated to work together, multiple building technologies can be simplified and delivered to International customers.

IPXCOM

IPXCOM, a Spartan sister company, has been working in the Middle East since 2001, and in Africa since 2003. IPX has installed power and computer infrastructure in Baghdad during the war, the former Soviet Union, and harsh remote oil and gas field environments in Africa.  Working with this experience and knowledge, Spartan Buildings was conceived to offer standalone sustainable building technologies that are designed and built for these environments. Characteristics are quick build technology that allows for the complete construction of the Smartbuildings within 10 days. From start to finish from the foundation to the solar panel.

Spartan Principals

My mother’s family is from Sparta.  The Battle of Thermopylae was the most famous Spartan battle, on which The 300 movie was based, Leonidas and his 300 Spartans along with approximately 7,000 Greeks total, fought against a huge Persian force.

Both ancient and modern writers have used the Battle of Thermopylae as an example of the power of a patriotic army defending its native soil. The performance of the defenders at the Battle of Marathon and Thermopylae is also used as an example of the advantages of training, equipment, and good use of terrain as force multipliers and has become a symbol of courage against overwhelming odds.

Simple buildings of the time were the Parthenon, which coined the Beauty is in the Simplicity and to some Green building methods.

This is my inspiration for starting Spartan Builders and strive to achieve the beauty in the form of Green Building and Conservation.

There are no Home Depots in Africa.

Spartan based in Houston Texas, in the heart of the oil industry has been delivering oil field solutions into the jungles of Africa, using the same philosophy adopted by Spartan Buildings. IPX principal Dennis Comis is a Geologist and Certified Computer Professional that has firsthand experience delivering these solutions. IPX knows that all materials must be on site and integrated to work right out of the shipping containers.  If you are missing parts, this can take weeks or never to find the pieces needed to finish a Smartbuilding, or any building for that matter.

The Process

The SmartBuilding Solution set starts in a warehouse in Houston. All building components are purchased in volume from reputable and proven suppliers. All equipment used in these solutions are chosen for quality and durability, most building components are manufactured in the USA, and most are Energy Star rated.

Buildings today are complex structures, systems and technology. Over time, each of the components inside a building has been developed and improved.  Spartan has chosen the best lighting, security, heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems worthy of being in a SmartBuilding.

Equipment and Components

Spartan has perfected a 36×24 SIP Solid Core Building as the General Building Structure size. The building is manufactured in the USA and shipped to Houston in components sized to fit in a shipping container. Spartan uses this size as a baseline to deliver different building solutions or as we call them “building skins”. Depending on which functions are needed, the building skins accommodate the final utilization for the building. Common building blocks, to this include:

  • Heating and Ventilation
  • LED Lighting
  • Polycarbonate Windows
  • Security doors
  • Net Zero Energy – 100% Off Grid Power- Solar-Wind-Batteries integrated building power
  • Building Automation and Security
  • Water Systems
  • Optimized Data Networks
  • Fiber, VSAT, Wireless & Cellular Broadband Connectivity

 

Building Skins

Spartan will take the General Purpose 36×24 Building with LEED & Energy Star Ratings, and finish the building according to function as we have seen demanded by global clients. Some of the popular building skins include:

  • Smart Schools
  • TeleMedicine
  • Internet Café & Call Center
  • Data Center
  • SmartAG- Greenhouse Food Farms
  • Post Office & Business Center
  • Expat Housing
  • Loft Living – 2 Story 12×24 -with 3 APTS per Building
  • Pool Cabana
  • Low Cost Housing

 

Technology Transfer

The most sophisticated buildings and automation software and elaborate hardware in the world would be nothing but wires and boxes, without the people, trained to use these buildings effectively.  In that sense, the people that run a Smartbuilding are a crucial component of its intelligence.

Spartan in all the complexities of delivering the best sustainable solutions in the industry, does not lose sight that these buildings must function. Therefore, Spartan integrates automation controllers and components utilizing Z Wave wireless sensors, light switches, HVAC thermostats, security systems, irrigations, door locks, electrical and energy metering, all via wireless and automation technology to run the building and manage it via smartphone, or it is boiled down to its simplicity.

Training and Support

With tight budgets and minimal staff, there is no room for difficult training and steep learning curves in modern day facility management. Instead, a truly smart building provides intuitive tools that are designed to improve and enhance the existing efforts of the people on the ground.

Run the building from your Smartphone technology. As the smart building evolves, the sharing of information between smart building systems and components will provide the platform for innovation.

Spartan installs weather station integrated to your home automation systems. This innovation will provide more comfort, more safety, and more security with less money, less energy, and less environmental impact.

The systems software, training and 24×7 maintenance of the buildings is delivered to our clients with the goal to make sure the building functions long after Spartan has left the building.

Connecting to an Intelligent Future

Smart buildings go far beyond saving energy and contributing to sustainability goals. They create LEED Certified buildings, which focus capital equipment on comfort, entertainment, health database systems, building security and safety. They enable innovation by creating a platform to manage your building and create building information and statistics from your energy metering systems.

Information such as irrigations systems and rainfall, sun strength and automatic window shading and lighting systems, HVAC systems, solar panels, and hot water systems for pool, and water, warm boards for heating & cooling.

  • Medical – Spartan has teamed with the best doctors to offer medicine via the Internet and Video Conferencing with Electronic Medical Records stored the cloud.
  • SmartSchools are teamed with The Khan Academy, long distance K-12 educators who offer E-Learning systems for Western Standards educational systems and proficiency exams.
  • Smart AG – Spartan has teamed with new hydroponic and water conservation greenhouse technologies, with the installation of low cost farming systems that can raise 130 crops per 10-foot X 4-foot rack systems. Once started these plants are transferred to low cost and water efficient greenhouses.
  • Internet Café – Install 40 PC Systems that use total 800 watt hours of electricity.
  • Green Data Centers- Six Data Rack Cages and Colo Facilities

The Future in Building

The building of the future must be self-sustainable.  They must divorce the building from the burdens of power and the lack of it in most third world and needy environments.  Using VSAT, Fiber and Wireless Communications, are a key component of a future. Spartan and IPXCOM are uniquely qualified to deliver these solutions to manage and merge technology and human ingenuity, to produce the robust, medical, learning, agriculture, and the low-carbon economy envisioned for the future.   The smart building is at the center of this vision, providing not just the roof and power overhead, but also the Internet and E-Learning information infrastructure to make possible a truly intelligent world.

Africa and Refugee Environments

Spartan and IPXCOM are launching a public-private partnership, in organizing a TeleMedicine and Life Sciences Summit this year and is trying to raise $1M for Africa Medicine,

In pursuing these TeleMedicine and School supply chain, Spartan is blending philanthropy with Modernization via US and Foreign AID and Government.

Spartan is designing for the future to deliver SmartBuildings making them more efficient by making energy utilization and self-sustainability the standard, the building will be in a user-friendly format that will enable owners and managers to excel in the content they are pursuing verses having to worry about performance and sustainability.