“When we build, let us think that we build forever”
The quote says it all, The end goal behind any construction is long-term sustainability!
The Future Of Smart Buildings:- Times are changing rapidly and we are reaching a new age when it comes to the construction industry. It’s no longer enough for our homes to just keep us warm and provide shelters, the demands are increasing day by day.
Today, thanks to the evolution of technology, it’s possible to not only deliver all the services that occupants need but this can be done while making the building as efficient as possible, minimizing costs, and reducing the environmental impact of the building over its life.
The solution is Smart Buildings!
Smart Buildings? Let’s dive deep:
A smart building is any structure that uses automated processes to automatically control the building’s operations including heating, ventilation, air conditioning, lighting, security and other systems. It uses sensors, actuators and microchips, in order to collect data and manage operations.
This infrastructure helps owners, operators, and facility managers improve asset reliability and performance, which reduces energy use, optimizes how space is used and minimizes the environmental impact of buildings.
Features of a Smart Building:-
1. interconnected systems:
It incorporates the latest technology that connects all the equipment and systems that exist in a building. In this way, the owner/occupant can know what’s happening in real-time and also access historical records as and when required.
Smart Buildings involve automation of processes to automatically control the building’s operations including heating, ventilation, air conditioning, lighting, security, and other systems.
3. Use of sensors:
Smart buildings use IoT (Internet of Things) to interconnect all the systems as well as collect building data in order to automatically optimize the behavior of all resources of the building. For this purpose, sensors are embedded at strategic locations to collect data. These sensors use IoT technology.
4. Data Collection:
Unlike conventional buildings, Smart buildings generate large volumes of data in order to continually look into details and improve the efficiency and optimality of resources and household systems. The data helps in making better decisions which in turn affects the longevity of the building and its systems.
What’s in it for you?
1. Increase in occupant’s productivity:
Improved air quality, better space availability, security, sanitation, proper lighting, and physical comfort – all the factors lead to an increase in occupant’s productivity.
2. Reduces energy consumption:
Smart buildings are greener, more energy-efficient, and thus more cost-effective. The interconnected systems and automation ensure that there is no wastage of electricity and other resources.
3. Better decision-making:
The use of extensive data and sensors provides precise data on the use of the building. This data can be used for insightful decision-making. With time, as the building learns and adapts – using machine learning algorithms, it will be able to generate actionable and intelligent decisions automatically.
4. Increase in operational savings:
There can be a significant amount that can be saved every day on the maintenance of equipment. It also extends to making better decisions on potential savings on unused resources and growth strategies for unused spaces.
The benefits of implementing smart systems and converting conventional buildings into smart homes are endless.
All the advances in smart building technology we have discussed are about optimizing workplaces, improving working environments for individuals, creating greater efficiencies, and enabling people to adapt to changing ways of life and work.
Though the concept is still new today to many people out there, with changing times, it will soon become a norm.
A crucial requirement for any smart building technology is that it must be minimalistic; easy-to-use by anyone.
All the complexity should be hidden in the background, with the benefits of simplicity, accessibility and greater control delivered smoothly to the users on their devices.
One thing is for certain: the next few years will be a transformational period for everyone involved in The Future Of Smart Buildings.