What Is A Smart Building?
A smart building is a building or facility that uses automated processes to instinctively control its operations, including heating, ventilation, air conditioning, lighting, security and other systems. Smart buildings use technology to enable efficient and economical use of resources, as well as create a comfortable environment for their occupants.
They use a combination of data and environmental sensors to identify and automatically regulate the usage of the facility. To give a better understanding of exactly what this means, we’re looking at some key features and examples of a smart building.
What Are The Features Of A Smart Building?
Smart buildings automate key environmental and electrical systems. Key features include: Internet of Things (IoT) sensors, real-time data collection and wireless communication between appliances and electrical systems.
You can still manually set the parameters for each electrical application. However, this technology is designed to take away those everyday, time-consuming environment maintenance functions. Turning light switches on and off, adjusting the heating and air conditioning, manually checking the occupancy of a room – all of this can be automated with smart technology.
The aim of smart technology is to create optimum efficiency and comfortable work environments.
What Is The Difference Between A Smart Home And A Smart Building?
A smart home typically refers to a domestic setting, whereas a smart building is usually a commercial property. Smart homes and buildings both benefit from automated, wireless electrical applications. However, the range of products will be different as the demands of a commercial or industrial environment is separate to that of a typical home.
Smart Building Examples
A smart building can encompass a wide range of technology installations:
- People counting sensors
- Smart lighting
- HVAC (Heating, ventilation, air conditioning systems)
- Meeting room occupancy control
- Digital signage