Has your organization been considering how a digital building might be a wise investment? Many businesses and other entities have found that converting their facility into a digital building provides a significant savings in the operational and maintenance costs.
Network Products, Inc. has been a leading innovator of digital buildings since 1986. Our company founders have more than four decades of success with smart building projects across a wide swath of industries including education, legal, healthcare, government, and transportation.
What Is a Digital Building?
There are numerous components and systems that a building requires in order to function. By and large such functionality entails numerous and separate controls. In a digital building, all of the necessary and secondary functions can be blended together into one system and automated, ensuring a more efficient and cost-effective building.
By installing sensors, microchips, and actuators, controls for operations such as lighting, air quality, HVAC, sanitation, security cameras and alarms, smoke detection, water, and other maintenance operations can all be combined in a centralized location. Data is collected and used to manage these different operations to work around the needs of the building’s occupants. The system can also incorporate all of the necessary Information Technology functionality that the building occupants require.
The Benefits of a Digital Building
- There are numerous benefits that a digital building can offer by having all of the necessary operations in one place.
- The ability to monitor these operations around-the-clock means that management can detect and identify problems before they develop into major issues.
- The substantial utility savings a digital building offers is advantageous for the building’s owner and an attractive feature for any potential tenants. For example, the sensors in digital buildings allow you to control lighting and HVAC. When the area is not being used, the lights go off and the room temperature is adjusted. When the room is occupied, lights go on and temperature reset. This functionality can create a substantial savings on utility costs. Studies on digital buildings reveal a potential of 30 percent savings on energy costs.
The ability to scale as your organization grows or downsizes makes smart buildings even more attractive. We can expand or reduce your operations center as your building needs change.
Other Services We Offer
In addition to smart building design, installation, and maintenance, Network Products Inc. offers a variety of additional services that can meet your company’s needs including:
- AV solutions, using the award-winning RapidRun® interconnect system;
- Data centers;
- Design assistance using a variety of formats, including AutoCad, ReVIT, BIM, Visio, PDF, and SolidWorks;
- Line Card;
- Meeting rooms and open spaces;
- Speech privacy; and
- Sound masking.
Contact Network Products, Inc. Today
Network Products Inc. offers some of the most comprehensive digital building services available, from planning to design to implementation of your smart building. For your convenience, we have multiple locations across the mid- and south-Atlantic areas.
If you would like to find out more information on how a digital building may be an excellent choice for your company, contact Network Products, Inc. today at (301) 548-0300 for a free consultation.
Common Questions About Smart Buildings
A digital building offers several advantages to business owners and building owners considering whether to move forward with this technology. While some people may equip smart technology into an existing structure, others may construct a new building with smart technology from the ground up. It’s also important to note that people may choose to outfit their facilities with varying levels of smart technologies. Moving forward may seem like a significant undertaking, but it doesn’t have to be. With assistance from our professional team from NPIconnect, clients can initiate the process of strategizing a plan for their intelligent building. Naturally, those looking to step into the future of digital technology for buildings will have numerous questions regarding cost, advantages, and efficiency. Our tenured team of professionals is standing by to assist.
Why is a smart building considered more efficient than a building not equipped with this technology?
A building fitted with smart technology is drastically different from a building without it. A building that is not considered “smart” is not likely to be as energy efficient, and while it may have the technology, the systems in place are not expected to work together seamlessly as a smart building does. A smart building can provide a space for occupants that is safer and more comfortable, allowing for increased productivity. Digital buildings have an automated process that automatically controls various components. In some cases, systems like air conditioning, heating, security systems, elevators, lighting, and more, are centralized systems. Smart buildings can collect data over time and provide insight, allowing maintenance to improve performance and efficiently use energy.
How can smart building technology ensure the safety of the building’s inhabitants?
While the physical safety of a building’s inhabitants or a company’s employees should be a top priority, it’s only sometimes the first thought when determining whether smart building technology is appropriate. However, one of the most significant benefits of a smart building are the several safety features they are equipped with. Smart buildings can have security systems in place to protect inhabitants from harm. Still, the system can also alert building maintenance when there are signs of a potentially dangerous problem with the equipment. Examples include panic buttons, emergency notifications, security applications for active shooter situations, etc.
How much does it cost to configure a smart building?
Cost can vary because of the various elements involved with smart buildings. While some may design an already existing structure, others may build it from the ground up. Another factor to consider is the degree to which you digitalize the building. While some start with a basic system, others may be far more advanced. Because of this, it’s best to meet with our team to discuss your needs and learn more about the options available and the associated cost of building the system.
Do smart buildings allow for long-term cost savings?
Yes! Over time a smart building can allow for long-term cost savings in several ways. Not only are smart buildings energy efficient, but they can also improve the productivity of those who are working within the building. It’s also important to note that smart buildings can foresee potential maintenance issues or problems before they become emergent.
Smart buildings offer a multitude of benefits. Most importantly, they allow inhabitants to have a more comfortable experience while also operating efficiently, creating a safer environment, and increasing security and property values. When determining how best to start with your next project, consider consulting with our team of professionals who are available to develop a plan customized to meet your project’s needs. To learn more about digital building solutions, schedule a consultation with NPIconnect.