Advancements in technology are making buildings smarter!

October 2022

To improve the efficiency of many building operations and the building's ability to generate money, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) can offer solutions to analyze building data. In the unpredictable and rapidly changing world, these systems can collect the necessary data, translate it into informative information, and use the new knowledge to achieve organizational goals. 


Thanks to digital technology, sensors, and telecommunications advancements, it is now possible to monitor and regulate buildings in a far more effective way. The demand for non-carbon or low-carbon solutions for controlling building energy is rising as buildings have more chances to contribute significantly to energy generated on-site or from the grid. 


Development of the smart city and intelligent building: Not the same 


Although intelligent cities rely heavily on smart buildings, their development is separate from that of smart cities. Structures with sensor networks may track sustainability performance, monitor water, and electricity usage in real-time, and communicate with other innovative city components. Governments worldwide are extensively funding innovative city initiatives which promote the uptake of intelligent buildings in different locations. As a result, the expansion of the smart buildings market is anticipated to be boosted by an increase in smart city efforts by various governments. To enhance safety and lessen congestion in the city during the COVID-19 epidemic, with this end in mind, Transport for Greater Manchester and Vivacity Labs announced the implementation of AI-controlled smart traffic intersections in November 2020. 


Safety and security management


Security management systems may readily connect with intelligent buildings and contribute to the structure's and its occupants' safety with proper planning. Facilities managers have access to a wide range of new capabilities thanks to the Internet Protocol (IP)-enabled safety and security equipment frequently installed in intelligent buildings. These consist of unified administration, data gathering, analysis, and integration with other internal systems. 


Advanced fire systems are integrated into various smart buildings for safety and security, allowing managers to remotely monitor the health and operation of their buildings and fire systems on their laptops, desktop computers, and cellphones.


One advantage of smart buildings is their ability to use less energy, which has substantial environmental advantages. By leveraging sensors and their data, it will be possible to improve the efficiency of power, water, and gas.


The temperature, lighting, and heating can all be adjusted based on which room has a high concentration of people. Thanks to occupancy management systems. Furthermore, it is feasible to generate cost-effective, environmentally friendly energy utilizing renewable resources like heat pumps and solar panels. 

Heavy investments: Is the intelligent building concept a bad idea? 


Since installing cutting-edge technology can cost tens of thousands of euros or even more. For smaller investors or businesses, it may require a sizable investment. Of course, other essential factors in this include the size of the structure and the number of solutions used. Even though an initial investment is required, there will be a profit in a few months or one to two years. One of the most widespread misnomers is that funding intelligent buildings is not a wise decision


Technology is revolutionizing the industry


Tech innovation allows the construction sector to accomplish much; it expedites delivery, lowers risk, and increases productivity throughout a project's supply chain. Building Information Modelling (BIM), virtual/augmented reality, and IoT, if not all, construction industries employ at least one of these technologies daily.

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