The demand for smart buildings emerged from the need for energy conservation and energy efficiency in constructing commercial and residential buildings.
Internet of Things: The Next Logical Step to Sustainable Building Management
Integrating the Internet of Things (IoT) has helped manage and control elaborate construction projects due to better efficiency and overall improved operations. Smart cities with smart buildings will soon feature everyday inventions like parking meters, but improved with Internet connections. According to ABI Research, gateway IoT projects are expected to exceed 64 million units in 2021.
Why the Need for IoT in Smart Building
In a traditional sense, many building elements like HVAC, lighting, fire protection, and water cooling and heating work perfectly on their own. So why the need for IoT in smart buildings?
IoT experts and supporters of IoT in smart buildings say that most buildings are not able to provide healthy, safe, and sustainable living and working environments for occupants and residents.
Occupant comfort is one of the many pain points that IoT aims to address. Most buildings do not meet the building standards for occupant comfort. Building maintenance is also an issue, especially when it takes so much time away from preventative maintenance and other operations.
One of the most important issues that IoT aims to target is energy efficiency. According to IBM, buildings account for 40 percent of total greenhouse gas emissions in the world.
How IoT Will Shape Smart Building
According to Senseware, a Virginia-based expert in smart building solutions, here are some ways that IoT is enabling smarter, more sustainable construction.
Air Quality Measurement
Air quality impacts worker health and productivity. IoT, through interconnected sensors, can be used to check and measure CO2 levels and other air quality measurements. These sensors are connected to all parts of the buildings, which monitor and regulate the air levels in all rooms and corners of the building.
Improved Efficiency in Prefabricated Construction
IoT can make prefabrication faster and more efficient than traditional building methods. You can immediately access digital patterns and templates and help automate processes that go into prefabrication.
IoT can monitor and repair equipment with advanced sensors, manage your inventory and orders, track your deliverables with GPS, and access and share data with cloud-based technology.
One recent example of IoT-assisted smart construction is the Leadenhall Building in London, the construction of which started in 2011. The project used RFID sensors to prevent downstream delays in the construction project. The RFID sensors also rendered the progress of the construction in real-time.
Energy Efficiency and Green, Sustainable Building
The detrimental effects of construction have sparked great interest in sustainable construction and architecture. Green building aims to keep as much waste away from the landfill as possible and to reduce environmental impact through energy management.
IoT can help engineer smart buildings to do energy-saving tasks like shutting down unnecessary systems automatically in unoccupied rooms of the building.
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