Upon hearing the word smart building, most people envision sleek, contemporary architecture with solar panels as the pinnacle of the cutting-edge technology. Well, there are many older structures that hold smart elements, and solutions that go beyond the exploitation of the Sun’s blessings. Everything from door locks to the light bulbs is a part of the new, striking work and living environment. Indeed, the future of the construction industry seems networked, intelligent and versatile.
Above all else, a smart building represents a more comfortable and healthy environment, and a less baneful threat to the ecosystem. It utilizes the rapid advancements in the green tech for running buildings, as well as sustainable materials in the process of construction. A site location is also a crucial aspect that sets the stage and can make or break a smart house.
Harnessing the renewable sources of energy is the mainspring of developments in the sector. Furthermore, smart tech overlaps with the LEED standards, but the latter cover more ground, encompassing areas that do not involve the building’s energy consumption. It seems that when brick and mortar meet the IT, great things are bound to happen.
As our knowledge and skills need to keep up the pace with the surge of technology, incorporating intelligent information capacities is a major task. This enables managers and businessmen to gain actionable, real-time information and insights in the possible deficiencies in systems. Workers can, for example, input ratings on the comfort of the premises and let systems use that data for improvement.
Of course, this requires the empowerment of the space with ICT (information and communication technologies), Ubiquitous Computing and the Internet of Things (IoT). This takes the form of various sensors, actuators, micro-chips, wireless charging tables, and nano-infused systems. The result is an enhanced ability to produce, gather and filter information towards business and non-commercial ends.
All Systems Go
The bar is constantly rising when it comes to the palette of appliances and fittings. Namely, the industry has stepped up, and endorsed new HVACR (heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration) standards. Modern, commercial air conditioners are a must-have, as they much less wasteful when it comes to energy consumption than their clunky predecessors, and the same goes for refrigerators.
Automation makes operating and managing easier, but the problem is how to make sense of all the data. Another problem is that smart tech opens up buildings to new kinds of cyber threats, most prominently security breaches, and notorious ransomware. It turns out that cherished inter-operability and compatibility of smart products also exposes the whole systems to the hacker attacks.
Finally, not that the heart and soul of smart environment is an advanced control and management system which links together all the different elements and takes the efficiency to the next level. For example, the General Motor’s product saves a great deal of energy by connecting to the assembly line and turning the lights off and on according to the operations schedule.
These technologies are breaking new ground, and we are yet to see all the possible applications. For business owners, employing smart, sustainable tech leads to the better image in the public’s eye. At last, apart from energy savings, smart buildings most often feature stunning architecture and innovative design solutions. This may include landscaping elements such as green roofs and walls that shift the urban landscapes across the globe.
A Green Evolution
In the smart world of today, a staggering amount of available data allows us to optimize the savings and blend the physical and digital infrastructure into the killer, future-ready amalgam. Energy-saving bells and whistles are breaking into the market, and buildings start to resemble living organisms who long to return to the Mother Nature’s embrace. Ultimately, it is the synergy of comfort, security and efficiency that will determine the course in which the smart buildings will evolve.