So, what is a smart building?
A smart building is one that achieves significant energy savings by taking advantage of improved technology and materials in terms of structure, appliances, electrical systems, plumbing, and HVACR.
There is a good deal of overlap with LEED standards for green buildings, but LEED covers more ground and deals with some issues that are not directly related to the building’s energy consumption.
Improving Performance with Integrated Smart Buildings
Executive Summary: Smart buildings exist today. They are increasingly valuable
for both facility executives and the overall organization. Smart building
strategies can reduce energy costs, increase the productivity of the facility
staff, improve building operations, support sustainability efforts and enhance
decision making across the organization.
The key to a smart building is integration: linking building systems together
and then connecting the building automation system to enterprise systems.
Integration is enabling facility executives to reap smart-building benefits, both
in new construction and also by gradually transforming existing buildings into
Many buildings currently have the capability to become smart buildings. But
facility executives often fail to take advantage of those capabilities, not
realizing that the advanced technology in their building systems is a platform
for a smart building.
This Panache Green takes an in-depth look at smart building capabilities being
implemented today, and shows facility executives options they can consider to
make their own buildings smarter.
The Panache Green examines:
• What makes a smart building
• Smart-building strategies being used by specific buildings
• Benefits of integration
• How existing buildings are using integration to become smarter
• Challenges to creating smart buildings
Smart Buildings Are Dynamic
Becoming a smart building is not a one-time event. Facility
executives who take a long-term perspective can incorporate
smart-building improvements over time.