We live in an age when buildings are more than just shelter. They provide more than just accommodation. Thanks to the innovations in technology and the construction sector, we are able to deliver better services with more efficiency and at lesser costs.
Leading companies in the industry demand versatile buildings that serve as virtual gateways to connect them to the world. Buildings integrate people and systems in a dynamic and functional way.
This article provides an insight into these buildings and their foundational elements required to migrate to smart buildings.
What is Smart Building?
A smart building is any structure that controls buildings’ operations including lighting, security systems, and HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) with the help of sensors and IoT technologies to communicate and analyze data.
Buildings of the future are often described as smart and intelligent, but they are not simply about the use of smart technology. It is also about people who will usage these buildings in the future.
Characteristics of a Smart Building
People are the building blocks of a smart building. They are constructed keeping in mind the ever-changing needs and expectations of people. Smart buildings have to be comfortable and productive.
One of the most salient features of a smart building is that every system is connected to the other. From water pumps and fire alarms to power and lighting – all are linked in a way that enables them to talk to one another.
Gone are the days when buildings were rigid structures only catering to the needs of the business. Buildings of the future are designed with flexibility so that they can cater to the dynamic use of buildings, landscapes, and models.
Technologies embedded in a smart building leaves no room for a user to intervene. The building itself should be able to self-manage and automatically control all operations using sensors and monitors.
Given the extreme climate change and other natural calamities that are a constant threat to humankind, sustainability is an important factor. Intelligent buildings are made using advanced buildings which enable them to adaptable enough to deal with change.