It’s true that our expectations for the buildings that we live and work in have changed significantly over the past twenty or so years. As smart technology grows and becomes even more accessible, so do the applications for its use, particularly in the business realm.

Smart buildings are a concept that has been around for decades, but it wasn’t until the public availability of the World Wide Web occurred in 1991 that smart technology really became a significant player in commercial spaces all across the world. Now, we as technology consumers expect (and often demand) a certain level of speed, accessibility, and convenience in the way we work.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the business benefits of building technologies?

There are a lot of business benefits that come with leveraging smart building technologies. These can include increased energy efficiency and sustainability savings, overall cost savings, increased business security for the physical and digital assets of the organization, increased employee productivity and overall happiness, decreased reliance on manual labor and processes, and real insights for future developmental opportunities. 

What technologies are used in smart buildings?

There are a lot of different types of technologies that can be used within a smart building, depending on the type of business and its needs. Smart building technology examples can include:

  • Internet of Things (IoT) systems
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Machine learning technologies
  • Building automation
  • Building information modeling (BIM)
  • Augmented reality or virtual reality (AR or VR)

There can be any number of systems in use within a smart building, all dependent on the space’s use and purpose, as well as how the system was set up to operate. 

What is the role of technology in building?

Depending on the situation, technology’s role within a building is to automate and upgrade a user’s experience with this physical location. This can happen in a number of ways, all depending on the type of technology being used, the purpose of the space, the understanding and level of experience the user has, etc. 

What is smart building design?

A smart building is a space that uses its intelligence to collect actionable data from its devices, sensors, systems, and services that are connected. There are typically four smart building components: Internet of Things (IoT) sensors, analytical software, a user interface, and network connectivity. A smart building must have each of these elements in order to function properly.

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