What is smart building technology? If you are a building developer or designer, you may find yourself asking this question more and more often, as the need for energy efficiency continues to grow. Smart building design is one effective means of lowering the costs and usage of a building’s energy, while at the same time creating an enhanced environment and experience for those occupying it.
About Smart Buildings
Smart building technology is generally defined as any system of integrated communication and control within a building’s structure that can provide a secure yet fluid environment for both its occupants and its operators. Through this kind of design, the activity necessary to making a building functional are automated, and in an environmentally sustainable way. This often means those activities run more smoothly.
Some of the systems that can be optimized through smart building technology include:
- Lighting and power
- Security and controlled access
- Heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems
- Air quality management
- Energy control
- Elevators and escalators
- Fire safety and smoke evacuation
Why Use Smart Building Technology?
The main goal of using intelligent building technology is improving the efficiency and experience of a building in the most cost-effective way possible. As an example, the average HVAC system will account for about half of a single building’s energy usage. Installing an energy management system that integrates the building’s central access control with the HVAC can reduce the HVAC’s consumption by nearly half. Not only are costs reduced, the building’s air quality and comfort level can also be improved using these methods.
Because of this cost-effectiveness, smart building technology is often chosen for its financial advantages. Most buildings using this technology have higher value, as well as greater potential to be leased because it has an increased level of effective environmental control. Its overall energy usage is lower thanks to lighting and HVAC system control, and thus the costs of energy consumption to you tend to be much lower. If there is any kind of systematic or single-component failure or malfunction, you can expect a quicker and more reliable response.
Finally, the access control and security that this kind of building design has to offer is highly effective in improving the comfort level and experience of occupants, tenants, and workers. It makes entry and exit much more expedient, and assists in protecting the building from unwanted intruders. In the event of an emergency, smart building design can take control of any structure that would be affected, including elevators and lighting. This can go a long way in making the structure far safer than it would be otherwise.
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Understanding new building technologies is the first step to integrating them into your daily life. If you are thinking about constructing a new building, or renovating an existing structure, consider Network Products, Inc. to consult on the project. We have provided infrastructure planning and smart building design services for clients since 1986 and we can help you, too. Call Network Products, Inc. today at (301) 548-0300 to learn more about how smart building technology can work for you.