4 Benefits of Smart Buildings
A smart building is one that uses automated processes to automatically control the building’s operations including heating, ventilation, air conditioning, lighting, security and other systems. A smart building collects data through sensors, actuators and microchips and manages the data according to a business’ functions and services. This infrastructure helps property owners improve asset reliability and performance to reduce energy use, optimise how space is used and minimise the environmental impact of buildings.
Smart buildings result in only using energy when it is needed. This means that you could reduce the costs of energy a building consumes by up to 35%. With non-smart buildings, to remain energy efficient, the occupiers must monitor usage to ensure that consumption is adequate at all times. However, smart buildings are designed to increase energy efficiency without needing to be monitored.
As the building has control over all systems, it will detect when there is a malfunction and repair it immediately, often before the occupant notices the malfunction. This means that time is not wasted trying to source the problem, and then repair it.
Reduced operating costs
Operating costs are generally significantly lower than comparable buildings due to smart buildings being highly efficient. Accurate monitoring and control of energy systems, such as heating and lighting, helps to reduce costs.
If a fire alarm is triggered, the building’s system responds by smoke exhaust dampers opening, fans operating, intercom system warning occupants, automatically unlocking doors, lighting turning on and security cameras providing emergency personnel with a view of the fire.