The term smart building may seem like a buzzword or hi-tech fantasy, but just like smartphones and smart homes, smart buildings have become a modern-day reality. Integrating new technology into building design is an art that involves thoughtful planning, using data and the specialized expertise of consulting engineers, to take smart building from buzzword to mainstream.
What is a smart building, today?
We know that what makes a building “smart” is ever-changing and can differ between organizations depending on the needs and use of the facility. There are many areas that can fall into the realm of ‘smart,’ such as environmental, energy management, facility and property management, lifecycle management, security, etc. And a smart building may encompass many or all of these, while integrating them with automation.