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How Smart Building Technology Can Help Increase Sustainability

Construction Tech Review | Wednesday, July 21, 2021

According to a new survey of smart building technology facility managers and other end-users, artificial intelligence in smart building management will become necessary in the coming years to make buildings more adaptive and not just automated.

FREMONT, CA: For many property owners and managers, sustainability remains out of reach. Old buildings, limited budgets, and tenants' varying needs–numerous factors make it difficult for a property manager to honestly assess a building's sustainability and act on the results.

The following section discusses why innovative technology can help buildings achieve greater sustainability while also delivering additional benefits such as improved health and well-being and working more agilely.

Sustainably prudent

Businesses' sustainability strategies have influenced the adoption of new technology. It has the potential to reduce energy consumption by improving energy management significantly.

An intelligent system can monitor and adjust lighting and HVAC systems based on usage and occupancy. When an office is unoccupied, turn off the heating and lighting. As the weather changes, intelligent building facades can adjust the amount of heat and light entering the building.

The next generation of energy-efficient smart buildings will generate power. Some will even produce more energy than they use, returning it to the grid.

Well-being in the workplace

Innovative technology is increasingly being recognised as a critical component of promoting health and well-being. It can contribute to the creation of environments that foster an alert, energised workforce.

Sensors are used to monitor the quality of air and water and light, temperature, and noise levels. Thus, issues such as poor air quality or a lack of natural light that affects workers' concentration levels can be detected and corrected.

Additionally, more advanced smart office technology can use wearable biometric devices that monitor workers' health and comfort. When workers exhibit discomfort, ambient conditions can be adjusted, or an individual's immediate work environment can be customised to their personal preferences.

Work more efficiently

Sensors, smartphones, or wearable devices may collect environmental factors such as temperature, light, air quality, noise, and employee building usage.

The data collected can give building managers actionable insights into how to optimise the performance of their buildings, or it can be fed into automated systems that control the office environment. With smart technology constantly evolving, it is being used to support an ever-widening range of applications, resulting in numerous benefits for building owners, investors, occupiers, and employees.

Facilitating agile working

Some of the most recent generations of intelligent buildings contain fewer desks than employees. Rather than that, employees can reserve a workspace via an app, selecting from various spaces based on their preference for a collaborative workspace, a private meeting area, or a quiet space.

Thus, intelligent systems may facilitate a shift away from the traditional model of employees 'owning' an unused desk during periods when they are not in the office. Flexible workspaces can be more efficiently utilised and are adaptable to changing employee demands and work styles.

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