Worming its way into everyone’s daily life, the word “smart” is making a lot of buzz in technological circles with its vast capabilities.
Started with the introduction of smart sensors used in connecting simple devices and now integrating itself into the endless world of smart cities, we are seeing a new side of smart technology that has broadened its horizon in every field of technology.
It’s no surprise that a new branch of this smart technology is breaking out in the world of commercial buildings that often holds the important task of facilitating the best conditions of securing sensitive data network of either one or more companies and provides best working environments for its workers to give out their 100% in their respective field.
Smart Building Technology covers all these aspects with a connected environment since it serves as a first step in establishing a city into a smart city.
Normally buildings can consume about 30% of the world’s energy that is a huge margin to consider.
Enhancing energy management in these commercial buildings will go a long way towards sustainability and cost-efficiency.
Understanding the Concept of Smart Building Technology
One must have discussed the condition of one’s workplace at least once in their normal chats about how hot or cold one’s office was over the last few months?
One of the biggest battles while working in commercial buildings is the fight over the thermostat. Since every person possess a different tolerance for hot and cold and with different sections of buildings having different temperature ranges depending on sun exposure, shade as well as efficiency of the building’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system, maintaining consistent temperatures to satisfy every employee across the building remains a challenge.
And this is where the concept of Smart Building Technology took life.
In simpler terms, a smart building is referred to as a building using automated processes to manage and control its daily operations like HVAC, lighting, security, and various other systems.
Smart Building Technology makes full use of the Internet of Things (IoT) and automation via a fully integrated network of sensors, actuators, and different types of microchips that generate a constant stream of raw data that can be easily transformed into insightful predictions.
Integration of Various Technologies into One
As we are moving ahead to understand wider aspects of maintaining and facilitating Smart Building Technology, every model integrates with different technology to reach the end goal of the organization while preserving sustainability as the highest priority.
One of the characteristic features of a Smart Building Technology lies in the connectedness of the core systems within it.
Connecting smart technology like real-time IoT occupancy sensors and building management systems together, leads to sharing information that can be used to automate a wide range of processes, ranging from heating, ventilation, lighting, air conditioning, and security along with many other possibilities.
Space Optimization using Sensors
Investments in buildings and real estate are some of the highest costs paying ventures for any business while excluding the wages and employees.
One of the most significant steps in maintaining a fully functional commercial building requires correct optimization of space available and utilizing it most cost-effectively.
Sensors play an integral part in Smart Building Technology as they collect data and provide insights that help in making informed decisions about where to allocate resources.
As occupancy sensors are integrated into the building’s mainframe system and helps in providing information about whether that building facilities have the right types of spaces to meet its staff’s requirements.
Building Information Modeling (BIM)
Termed as one of the most trending processes in Smart Building Technology, Building Information Modeling or BIM represents an intelligent 3D model-based process that can record and display the physical and functional features of a facility.
Despite being previously utilized by AEC (architecture, engineering, and construction) professionals, BIM has recently become getting recognition within facilities management.
BIM serves as a type of “building handbook” allowing access to real-time asset profiles & improved awareness of asset locations to pinpoint even minute details.
Top Examples of Smart Buildings in Real Life
Moving towards an intelligent and connected world, it is no wonder that Smart Building Technology is slowly gaining traction as well as inspiring future commercial buildings with its all-time energy efficiency.
Here are some of the most inspiring real-time examples of Smart buildings that are working in a sustainable and cost-efficient way.
- DPR Construction in San Francisco, California
- Hindmarsh Shire Council Corporate Centre in Melbourne, Australia
- Glumac in Shanghai, China
- The Edge Building in Amsterdam, Holland
- The Crystal Building in London, England
As IoT devices continue to shake the world with their innovation, their integration in Smart Building Technology will keep on evolving.
And since the world is focusing on the sustainability of all technologies especially the business world, the day is not far behind where we will be seeing smart buildings at every corner of our street.