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Construction Tech Review | Tuesday, September 01, 2020

New technologies like telematics have been growing in the construction industry for years, leading to a better performing system and decreased downtime.

Fremont, CA: Even though smart building initiatives have been underway for some time in commercial real estate, this shift has gained traction with the proliferation of IoT technology. Construction and facilities management professionals understand the cost, efficiency, and energy-saving profits of installing IoT sensors, switches, and analytics to make buildings digitally smarter.

Energy Efficiency

IoT enabled monitoring of water, gas, and electric meters other than improvements on manual meter reading; it provides the ability to control energy usage throughout a building remotely. The results of energy saving can be enormous.

Asset Digitization

The ability of an IoT to capture data in real-time about critical HVAC assets like chillers, rooftop unit (RTUs), and cooling towers, vital information about fan speeds, vibration and flow rates, compressor run times, and total energy consumption can facilitate the monitoring of these assets as well as cost analysis.

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

Research shows that poor air quality in an office building can have harmful effects on workers’ productivity, concentration, and can also impact their health, leading to nausea, nasal irritation, headaches, and breathing difficulties. By implementing IQA monitoring in real-time, IoT sensors allow building managers and the owners to verify the temperature, relative humidity, and CO2 levels in various points of a facility so that they can take immediate steps to better them.

Cloud-Based Building Controls

The cloud, with its high degree of scalability and agility, is specifically well suited for the high volumes of data generated by IoT sensors, which enables the remote management of HVAC and lighting systems and also offsite visualizations of building premises. The facility and building managers can now be anywhere, and still has control over the assets for which they are responsible for lowering the maintenance costs, reducing time to repair and improve service for the tenants.

Workforce Optimization

The data extracted from occupancy sensors embedded in lighting fixtures can offer valuable data on how the occupants use building space as well as insights into how to reconfigure the space more efficiently, to reduce the leasing cost as well as improve employee productivity. It is a win-win for building management and tenants alike.

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