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With more of us moving towards ‘hybrid working’, smart building solutions are set to become increasingly important for managing office space effectively, reducing operational costs and complying with sustainability measures. Chris Price reports.
Digital twins enable building managers to create virtual models of any physical environment. Tied to IoT-connected sensors and devices, they allow building managers to make better judgements about how and why a building is used. But what exactly are they, and how do they work?
There’s more to smart buildings than saving money. Given that around 75% of UK workplace activity takes place in the office, smart building technology ought to be used to make that a more pleasurable—and ultimately more productive—experience for workers.
Smart buildings rely on sophisticated technology to monitor and automate processes, but not all smart solutions rely on the latest high-tech kit. Indeed, the data gathered by these monitors can be used to influence the physical design and layout of an office, to make big, low-tech improvements to productivity and wellbeing.
12/03/2020 | PROPTECH NEWS
Real estate developers need to diversify. The reasons are clear: construction costs and land prices are rising, and new building projects are under increasing public pressure, scrutiny and oversight. The solutions are clear, too.
Half of the UK’s carbon footprint comes from the built environment. Rising energy costs and growing pressure to reduce this footprint have forced many businesses to change their ways.
We wanted to know about what exactly makes a standard a standard, so we asked Iain Gordon, president of Intelligent Building Europe partner KNX UK about setting standards within the industry.
Smart security is a close ally of intelligent buildings. It uses the same technologies—wireless networks and the internet of things—that give users the ability to customise and monitor their security systems in the home and manage security over a wider area and respond to threats in the workplace.
Smart buildings offer huge benefits for businesses and occupants, but they also introduce a whole litany of potential cyberthreats with which building managers and security teams must contend.
Sensors are the bread and butter of smart buildings. Much of the transformative technology changing the way we manage buildings relies on gathering ultra-accurate data—perhaps about room occupancy, temperature and air quality—and using it to automate processes or feeding it back to building managers.
Typically, maintenance is done on a corrective basis—i.e. in response to a fault or error—or periodically scheduled. There is a major flaw in this process in that equipment must be broken before it is fixed, which necessitates a period of downtime.
Smart buildings is the trend everyone’s talking about, but are we really utilising this technology to its full potential, and do we understand how best to implement it?
Intelligent Building Europe is delighted to announce a brand-new partnership with the KNX UK Association. KNX is an established, global secure open building control communications protocol.
10/12/2019| SHOW NEWS
From the internet of things to smart meters, intelligent building technology is moving at a rapid pace. Keep up with the transformative and discover how you can integrate it with your own buildings at Intelligent Building Europe 2021, totally for free.
22/11/2019 | ENERGY MANAGEMENT NEWS
The growing demand for renewable and sustainable energy sources is pushing companies to manage their energy use. Industrial energy management is part of the smart built environment and should, according EY, be seen as an important part of any smart building ecosystem.
22/11/2019 | SMART GRID NEWS
Power grids are facing major challenges. Infrastructure is ageing, demand is rising – particularly from electric vehicles and electric heating systems – and the uptake of renewable energy sources is making power generation less reliable.
22/11/2019 | SMART GRID NEWS
Smart grid technologies are transforming the energy sector. Creating a smart energy network can improve energy efficiency and encourage sustainability. In tandem, smart grid technology and renewable energy will create an energy grid ready for a fossil fuel-free future.