Smart Building Systems for Architects, Owners, and Builders

 Smart Building Systems for  Architects, Owners,  and Builders

Smart Building Systems for  Architects, Owners,  and Builders

Technology has always influenced the buildings we build, and always will. Twenty-five to 30 years ago, however, the amount of technology in a building was minimal. It Consisted of the public telecommunications utility installing its services in a building; a mechanical contractor installing a pneumatic control system for the heating, cooling, and ventilation system; and maybe a word-
processing system. Although we have come a long way since those days, we are still in a very early stage of fully deploying and integrating technology systems into buildings.

In due course buildings will become full of technology. Walls and ceilings will be embedded with sensors, and every aspect of a building’s performance and use will be metered and measured. Software tools will be used to automatically optimize building systems without human intervention; real-time information about the building that is relevant to their particular needs will be provided to occupants and building management. Buildings will be fully interactive with the power grid, and geospatial location systems will be deployed for every building asset.

I wrote this book as a step toward eventually fulfilling that vision. It is meant as a guide to understanding the many aspects needed to deploy integrated technology systems into buildings and to provide straightforward information on smart buildings for architects, engineers, facility managers, developers, contractors, and design Consultants. What’s here reflects my personal experience and research, and information gained from listening to and learning from many colleagues.

Smart buildings can be many things, but simply defined: smart buildings use building technology systems to enable services and the operation of a building for the betterment of its occupants and management. The drivers for smart buildings are the positive financial effects of integrated systems, energy conservation, greater systems functionality, and the continuing evolution of technology. The headwind to smart buildings is the inertia of people to move beyond the legacies of building design, construction, and operation. Such processes as Building Information Modeling as well as the movement to energy efficient and sustainable buildings are beginning to change that, however.

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