Smart Building Technology
What is smart building technology? If you are a building developer or designer, you may find yourself asking this question more often than ever, 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 its occupants and operators. Through this kind of design, the activity necessary to make a building functional is automated and environmentally sustainable. 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 to improve the efficiency and experience of a building in the most cost-effective way possible. For 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. The costs are 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 a higher value and 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 offers are 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 control 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.
Start Your Project with Us
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.
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Frequently Asked Questions
If you are considering smart building technology, our team wants to speak with you about the services we can provide. When considering such an investment, we know that you will have several questions about the services we offer and the benefits of this type of technology. By speaking with us, we can help you make critical decisions over your current project to take advantage of the many benefits provided by incorporating smart solutions into your project. Network Products, Inc. has taken the liberty of answering business owners’ questions, developers, and homeowners may have about smart technology.
What are the benefits of a smart building?
Are you in the process of developing a project or considering the update of an existing building? Smart buildings provide users with a variety of benefits. Not only can smart buildings be customized to meet the specific needs of your business, its’ occupants and clientele, they are also:
- Energy Efficient
- Better Building Management
- Streamline Building Maintenance
- Encourage Collaboration
- Increased Security Measures
What are some of the complications that could arise with a smart building?
If you are considering smart building technology, chances are you will want to know what complications might arise. While a smart building can be an investment, in the long run, many of our customers see a return from efficiency, increased productivity, and predictive maintenance. One particular concern by many is the possibility that a building could fall victim to a cyber attack. Because this could severely impact business, it’s a common worry for those considering a smart building. Despite this concern, our experience can help to mitigate this issue.
The process of designing smart building infrastructure seems overwhelming. Where would I even begin? Who would be able to help with this component to the process?
You may be wondering if you can work with your developer or contractor to customize your smart building. However, when initiating the process, you may quickly find yourself in over your head. Contractors may have some idea of how to design smart technology, but they don’t have the level of expertise provided by our team. We have been in operations since 1986; our founders and team have the experience that you can rely on. We can take the guesswork out of the process by developing a design based on your needs and recommending products that provide optimal performance.
Smart Building Technology Trends and Evolving Approaches
One of the most intriguing, yet potentially frustrating, aspects of incorporating smart technology into construction plans is that smart technology is ever-evolving. Some teams shy away from incorporation of smart technology out of the fear that whatever technology they invest in will be considered old-fashioned or obsolete within a few years. Thankfully, the experienced team at Network Products, Inc. is constantly learning about the evolution of smart building technology in ways that support a long-term vision. When you work with our company, you can trust that the investments you make in regards to this technology will serve your enterprise well into the future.
Our team understands this industry inside and out. We keep a close watch on industry trends but we do not “buy into” these trends unless there is truly compelling evidence to suggest that these trends will serve as far more than “flash in the pan” influences in re: how smart building technology can work to benefit those who invest in it. For example, if we spot a trend that doesn’t serve to both assist in facility management goals and support sustainability, efficiency, and valuable contributions to the use of space over the long-term, we’re not going to suggest that our clients invest in that trend, even if it is “hot” at the time that our clients are looking to expand such investments. We pride ourselves on proving our clients with trustworthy, quality services that are forward-looking and evidence-based. When you work with us, you can trust that you’re not being presented with options unworthy of your sincere consideration.
Trends Worth Considering
There are some major trends in the evolution of smart building technology that are worthy of consideration in a broad sense. Not every manifestation of these trends is a good investment – meaning that individual products and approaches must be carefully evaluated before a client can confidently commit to embracing these trends in ways that meet the criteria listed above. However, some of the products and approaches that embrace these trends are worthy of strong consideration, depending on the goals that each individual client has in re: adopting smart building technology.
First, there is the incorporation of artificial intelligence and big data as features driven to support sustainability, efficiency, and even personalization of space and experience. Next, is real-time cloud access, which permits space customization on any number of relevant smart building technology fronts. Similarly, shifting focus from information technology to more operational technology can personalize and customize experience through the direct monitoring or control of events occurring within the building in question, processes, and/or physical device interaction. There are seemingly endless ways in which the evolving nature of smart building technology can benefit commercial real estate. The key is knowing how to tailor products and approaches to facilitate the unique needs and goals of an individual client – which is where we come in.
What services does Network Products, Inc. provide?
Chances are if you are considering this type of technology, you aren’t going to be engaged in the planning process on your own. You need a company with experience in this type of technology. Our Mid Atlantic Headquarters in Maryland and our South Atlantic Headquarters in North Carolina offer professionals with vast experience with smart technology. We provide services that include:
- Designs that are sustainable and responsible
- Assistance in understanding your available options
- Help to ensure that you choose the best products on the market
- Thoughtful, well-planned designs
When developing your next project, there will be much to consider in regards to the process. Planning can feel cumbersome, so choose Network Products, Inc. for assistance. We can help you endure the process with ease. To learn more about the services we provide for smart building technology, contact our offices today.