Introducing Smart Building Technology into an Existing Building

When it comes to creating a Smart Building, it all boils down to what your goals are and what the desired end-state is. Smart buildings have the potential to completely change the way we interact with buildings and change our work lives.

At the end of the day, the building should work for its occupants and not the other way around. So, keep this in mind as you embark on this journey. The goal of a Smart Building is to deliver useful services that help make occupants more productive and safer at the lowest cost, and with the least environmental impact.

A Smart Building optimises and minimises energy. Occupant security and quality of life is one of its top priorities. This means not just physical security, such as connected fire suppression and alarm systems, but also health security— good-quality air and water, and the like.

That being the case, Smart Buildings are a critical component regarding energy usage and sustainability. The building automation systems, such as HVAC control, lighting control, power management, and metering play a major role in determining the operational and energy efficiency of a building. So, much thought and planning needs to go into this beforehand.

So here a question. You may wonder how do I validate the amount of energy I use & could save?
Well one of the advantages of IoT equipment is its ease of deployment making it an easy product to install even for a test purpose. This will enable you to find out the energy consumption very quickly and easily.

It could be used just for a number of weeks to get a snap shot of the building before any commitment is made, enabling data to be collated and a report to be generated on any projected ROI. So, this is another idea to keep in mind.

In summary, when clients first think about smart buildings, they often think about using the latest and most exciting technology. However, before jumping right in and purchasing this technology (because there’s plenty out there), take a step back and ask yourself

  • What will make this building smart?
  • What is our goal and vision for the end product?

Spending a lot of time upfront in this vision and discovery process will help to ensure you embark on the right path. Build your team at this stage, with the right people, get them on board and make them a part of the process. Once you and your team are aligned on the details, plan and plot the journey, and remember it’s more than purchasing a piece of the latest technology; it’s making a commitment to change, but the benefits can be great.

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