The UK’s current building stock remains as developed with existing infrastructure, our challenge is to make this existing stock Smart
The future for commercial buildings is a fully integrated, Smart building, but with most of the UK’s current building stock remaining as developed with existing infrastructure and technology, our challenge is to make this existing stock Smart.
We have discussed in our previous blogs that a building does not necessarily have to be brand new to be Smart. The technology available to us today is the real key behind Smart buildings. There is also a tendency for us to overthink how we’re going to manage a Smart building, and a lack of familiarity with new technology can breed doubt and suspicion. In order to turn the idea of Smart buildings from theory into reality, we must develop and utilise Smart technology that takes the thinking away from us and transfers it to the building itself.
There are many benefits to making your building Smart, such as meeting current and future energy efficiency targets, cost savings and the wellbeing of the building’s occupants. One of the main tools that help us achieve Smart buildings is data. According to IDC, the global market intelligence firm, the world’s data is set to increase by 10 times the amount today by 2025. It will therefore play a huge role in how the world operates in generations to come. Buildings are estimated to account for over 40% of the world’s energy consumption, but by capturing and accessing the data stored in a building we can use it to make meaningful decisions and make more efficient use of the building’s assets in the future. Not only will this help improve your building’s energy efficiency, it will also improve the productivity of your assets and enhance their life.
As well as the energy saving benefits, the quality of a building’s indoor environment is important to consider too. Most of us spend roughly 90% of our time indoors and so our wellbeing is partly dependent on how healthy our buildings are. Our comfort levels when we’re inside a building, whether it’s an office, shop, factory or restaurant, are influenced by a number of factors, including temperature, light, ventilation and air quality. A Smart building can help us achieve the optimum levels for all of these elements, ensuring the building’s occupants can maintain physical and mental health by having better control of their surroundings.
You can discover more on the topic of Smart buildings at this year’s Smart Buildings Show, where Tim Barnes, Energy Business Development Manager for Synapsys Solutions, will discuss what can be done now to make our buildings smarter. Tim’s presentation, entitled “Smart Buildings in the Future – Yes; making existing buildings smarter – Yes please!” takes place in the Connected Management Theatre on Thursday 8 November.
Perhaps it’s time you discovered how Synapsys Solutions can make your building smarter by visiting them on stand G1 at the Smart Buildings Show, on 7-8 November 2018 at the Barbican, London. e-mail us to find out more.