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What is a smart building, and what does a smart building do?

Smart buildings can practically pay for themselves in a short amount of time, and then it’s savings from then on

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It seems like that everything in today’s day & age is getting the word “smart” added to its name. Most of these smart things are just marketing gimmicks without any real-world benefits. So, are smart buildings the same?

No. Quite the opposite, actually. A Smart Building is the biggest innovation to human-carrying structures ever since the invention of concrete.

What is a smart building?

At its core, a smart building is a building designed from the ground up to be excellent at everything it needs to be while also being extremely cost-effective. For example, the lighting system in a smart building will be impeccable.

It will turn the lights on automatically as soon as it detects that someone is in the room. But, after the initial costs, operating such a smart lighting solution is cheaper than the traditional methods.

How do smart buildings work?

Smart buildings are not just concrete and steel boxes with some glass thrown in for aesthetics. A smart building consists of a lot of sensors, computers, and machinery. All of these individual components are able to communicate with each other.

Controlling them is a truly smart automatic system that takes care of everything according to the building manager’s preferences. You can convert a traditional building into a smart one with strategic placement of necessary sensors and actuators, but building one from the ground up gives the best results.

Benefits of a smart building

Smart buildings have a lot of benefits. A significant majority of these benefits directly translate to monetary gain, or more specifically, monetary savings.

The primary motivator for developers is the energy savings with a smart building. The sensors can adjust the air conditioning, ventilation, lighting, heating, and a bunch more stuff, squarely based on the occupancy of a given section. You can customize the parameters to make them better suited for your unique use case.

Another cost-saving benefit of smart buildings is their equipment monitoring. For example, smart sensors will log the usage and the weight traveling on an elevator for each cycle. They will then alert the manager to call for maintenance. This early maintenance prevents a lot of breakages and, as a result, repair costs.

If implemented correctly, smart buildings can practically pay for themselves in a short amount of time, and then it’s savings from then on. Thus, making the initial investment a lot more enticing.

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