What makes a building smart?
A smart building can do the same types of things the human brain can do, such as receiving information and processing it to reach a conclusion.
In the case of a smart building, information is received through sensors and meters connected to the building’s main systems. The information is then processed through software designed to analyze the data and is ultimately used to automate functions such as heating and air-conditioning, energy usage, ventilation, security, and others. Smart buildings have the advantage of increasing the overall efficiency of each of these systems while decreasing the cost and the time that it takes to maintain them.
two different kinds of smart buildings
There are those that are designed and built to be smart from the ground up, and existing buildings that are retrofitted with modern technology. New construction offers the ability to build intelligence right into the infrastructure. For example, a new building’s fire suppression system and ventilation system can be installed and automated so that the same vents are used to increase airflow during normal operation and seal off airflow automatically if a fire is detected. Buildings that are designed and built as smart buildings require more up-front capital than traditional buildings, but once in operation they immediately save their owners money by virtue of their efficiency.
In an existing building, it is common to add smart technology in the form of sensors and controls to equipment that is already in place. A great example is the replacement of a traditional thermostat with one that can be programmed to save on heating costs by increasing and decreasing the temperature based on occupancy recognition. Sophisticated digital control panels can be added to many types of existing equipment to provide this kind of functionality.
Both types of smart buildings require a central building management system (BMS) to analyze, automate and integrate system functions. The BMS consists of software located either on-site or provided by a third-party vendor to process the information coming from the building’s core systems. The information is then used to automate each system to increase its efficiency and monitor its functions so that any faults can be immediately detected and resolved by the building maintenance staff. Compare this to a traditional building in which maintenance is performed via a routine schedule of spot-checks – if a fault occurs it may not be found until the next scheduled maintenance check, whereas a smart building will detect the fault immediately and send an alarm message through the BMS.
information to make better decisions
Smart technology gives building owners and operators the information they need to make better decisions and automate processes that would traditionally require the time and attention of an employee. By utilizing the information received through the BMS, the building’s staff can analyze everything from energy usage to equipment functionality from a central location and program the building’s systems to operate with vastly increased efficiency. Increased efficiency results in decreased operational costs and equipment expenditures over the life of the building, saving time and money in the process. Now that’s smart!
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