One of the most popular terms in the modern construction world is no doubt smart buildings. Making every day and ordinary things smart is the new trend that has gained massive popularity in recent times. Making things smart allows them to expand their original usability and performance by ten folds and provide people with a more customized experience; the same is the case with smart buildings. With smart technology and devices, building owners can increase their control over the buildings and operate them more easily.
The advantages that boosted control offers are tremendous, as it can help the building to consume energy more efficiently, which saves building owners thousands of dollars in operating costs. The benefits of smart buildings are not limited to their owners only as the buildings’ inhabitants also gain great results through them. The buildings are environment friendly as well, which is another plus point. This all has allowed the smart buildings to attract interest from worldwide investors as they are looking to invest seventy percent more in its technology and development.
There are many aspects related to a smart building that people are not familiar with right now. As the buildings have just recently started to gain any significant traction, it comes with no surprise that people are unaware of their operating or even basic procedures. Below is some vital information that can help people understand what smart buildings are.
What is a smart building?
The buildings with smart devices and tools installed in them, through which they perform different tasks, are known as intelligent buildings. Such buildings rely on the use of IoT devices to keep their everyday operations automated and running. The devices include systems and sensors that can track, record, analyze, and learn various patterns through which the building’s operations can eventually be optimized.
As it is technology-oriented, people have started to compare it with conventional building management systems. But the two things are vastly different from each other, as is elaborated below.
The management system can be designed to specify the building’s air conditioning when to switch on or off, but IoT technology can do much more than that. The devices track carbon dioxide levels of the structures throughout the day. When it reaches a certain predefined or pre-determined point, it automatically starts off the air conditioning at the most appropriate temperature. The greater level of control over building facilities in smart buildings allows building owners to save greater energy and resources as compared to management systems.
While this one example of an air conditioning system in a smart building is plenty to get the point across, it is not the full story. The true automation and management potential of smart buildings is limitless. As the technology continues to grow and evolve, so are these buildings.
The latest innovation in smart building technology is the inclusion of AI and machine learning into the system. With a combination of smart algorithms and data from physical sensors around the building, smart buildings are entering a new age of autonomy. There are things that today’s technology is capable of that seemed impossible only a decade ago. For example, a smart algorithm can track the usage of devices like the elevators around the building and notify you when one of these devices needs maintenance, saving you both time and money. These notices are executed based on the relative usage of a particular device over a period of time. All kinds of data, from the number of people using an elevator every day to their weight, is tracked and processed to calculate an estimated maintenance date.