What Are Smart Buildings?
A Holistic Approach to Technology Built Around People
From regulations, to work orders, to occupant complaints, to pages of utility bills, buildings generate data every day and require the attention of a full team of people. But it’s not often clear what to do, and it’s all too easy to get lost in the noise.
The goal of smart buildings is to ultimately require less human intervention from distracting operational details, while enabling access to the right amount of information for better decision-making. You only have so much time and smart buildings help you make the most of this finite resource.
With the upcoming energy grades legislation, A’s through F’s will be publicly visible in lobbies across NYC starting in 2020. Your grade in 2020 will be based on 2019 energy usage, so it’s time to start planning now.
What Does a Smart Building Look Like?
All buildings have room for improvement. With a holistic roadmap in place, you can pursue smart upgrades incrementally or comprehensively. Smart is not a destination, but the process of learning and adapting to the needs of your building and team.
As buildings are unique and any building can be a smart building, not every technology solutions will apply to every building. Be wary of “one size fits all” technology solutions that are not aligned with the holistic long-term needs.