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Construction Tech Review | Friday, January 29, 2021

AI and smart buildings are a perfect combination to streamline and innovate the functioning of buildings.

FREMONT, CA: Artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential not only to automate buildings but also to make them adaptive, smart, and agile, with the use of AI analytics to improve operations, mitigate inefficiencies, and reduce costs across building platforms in an extensive range of industries. Simultaneously, buildings have conventionally been perceived as stiff, fixed forms that merely offered a shell for their inhabitants and the activities being conducted inside. As a result, building owners are interested in what transpires inside buildings at any given time, using the knowledge and insights they gain to improve building management, create better staffing plans, and mitigate the operational costs of maintaining their business infrastructure for achieving higher profits. Here is how AI is making us smarter and intelligent.

• Predictive Energy Optimization

When it comes to lessening energy consumption, buildings are dependent on after-the-fact reporting, essentially analyzing what energy was utilized and then deploying a change that less energy will be used next time. AI and predictive analytics are revolutionizing this in favor of a more proactive approach. Controlling room temperature within a building is like managing speed when riding a bicycle. AI-based energy management platforms can find the uphills and downhills for building operations by applying AI in machine learning to innovative models of a building’s thermal characteristics.

• Preventative Maintenance and Fault Detection

Besides optimizing day-to-day operations, AI and machine learning can be relied upon for fault identification. AI techniques are well-suited in learning the relationship between input and output variables using only data, without mathematical models. This technology can analyze data from various systems and IoT devices within a building to find anomalies and inconsistencies. After identifying these symptoms, AI can be used to target a diagnosis.

• Improving Tenant Comfort

Using AI to streamline building operations and prevent faults will inherently generate a more comfortable environment for tenants. Exploring the relationship between comfort, direct tenant feedback, and AI is perhaps the more recent advancement in smart buildings. Companies are actively racing to find ways to personalize comfort for individuals within a shared workplace. While there is no clear-cut path to how this will build in the future, humans certainly act as the sensor within a building.

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