Making the business case for smart buildings


From: Making The Business Case For Smart Buildings, FacilitiesNet

In the past decade, facility managers have witnessed dramatic development and maturation in building systems, smart technologies, and the ability to collect, analyze, and share data across the building infrastructure. The building automation system (BAS) has long been the center point of logic and control in building operations, and can be very effective in optimizing HVAC, lighting, and other energy-consuming systems. But the facility world is changing, and to capture the true opportunities of building intelligence, it is necessary for facility managers to think beyond the BAS as the future engine of intelligence and optimization…

Here’s a modern definition of an intelligent building: A truly intelligent building is informative, predictive, responsive, adaptive, diagnostic, corrective, and self-healing. It will understand and respond to occupancy and activities and provide information and personal awareness that will drive and change behavioral responses. In doing so, it will create asset value and competitive advantage through continuous improvement and enhanced experiential satisfaction…

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