Updated: May 2
Traditional operations and practices for buildings are long gone. The priority in terms of space right now relies on the provision of better solutions for energy efficiency and occupants wellness. Intelligent CIO published a recent article that analyzes 3 ways in which smart buildings technology can create sustainable environments.
“One way building operations are changing is by using smart building technology. Using Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) and the Internet of Things (IoT) to connect building systems, companies are becoming more energy efficient and sustainable. These types of smart building systems can contribute to positive outcomes for building occupants and owners, as well as deliver sustainable environments through innovative, future-proof technologies”.
But what are these 3 ways?
DATA DRIVEN EFFICIENCY Intelligent building platforms can provide key data to building operators in order to allow them to make informed decisions regarding energy consumption: “how to create better energy outcomes for their spaces based on how lighting, shading, HVAC, and other systems and devices contribute. An IoT platform provides the necessary energy-consumption analytics on use and overuse, as well as the indicators of where adjustments are needed to save energy”. An informed decision making process can be beneficial in terms of finances but also regarding occupants wellbeing.
CARBON REDUCTION AND ELIMINATION: “Carbon emitted during the operation of a building for heating, cooling, and lighting (or simply “operational carbon”) poses an environmental risk, contributing 28% of global greenhouse gas emissions”. Smart building technology is a very important tool to diminish this impact. The decrease of carbon emissions is possible throughout “energy consumption tracking and analysis. This enables businesses to create sustainable environments through data-driven decisions”.
HEALTHY MATERIALS INITIATIVE AND TRANSPARENCY: “The healthy materials initiative serves to improve human and environmental health by advocating for product transparency and reduced “chemicals of concern” inside building materials. And having product transparency documentation and optimized products is essential to meeting healthy material initiatives. When specifying products for a building project, it is important to consider the health impacts of the materials used in the products hidden behind the walls of the building—not just those products you can see and feel, —such as cabling and connectivity”.
At MKThink we're developing technologies and strategies to help clients improve spatial intelligence in order to create sustainable and healthier environments. By better optimizing the use of space, we can make progress regarding the reduction of the carbon impact on the environment. To learn more about how MKThink helps organizations strategize their future, please contact us.