Smart Building Pros & Cons

A smart building is any structure that uses automated processes to control the building’s operations. These functions could include HVAC, lighting, security, and other systems. Smart buildings make occupants more productive with better lighting, environmental comfort, air quality, physical safety, and sanitation.

All smart buildings have one thing in common, that is integration with a network of intelligent and adaptable software. The smart building process starts by linking core systems such as lighting, power meters, water meters, pumps, heating, fire alarms, and chiller plants to sensors and control systems. In multi-story, elevators and access systems may also be part of the system. “Smart” technology is then connected and responds to a smart power grid to collect data and manage a buiding’s functions and services.

Transforming a building into a smart building offers many benefits to the owner and the staff. For example, smart buildings collect essential data like energy usage. With this information, building managers can adjust capacity to lower energy and maintenance costs. It is able to reduce energy use, optimize floor space, and minimize the environmental impact of buildings. Additionally, it can increase the employee productivity, improve building operations, support sustainability efforts, and enhance decision-making across the business.

A downside of smart buildings is the increased susceptibility to cyber-attacks over tradidtional buildings. A hacker with control of the smart building systems can cut off HVAC or power, deny entry to a building, interrup computer or processing systems, and hijack data. If you are considering smart building technology, a strong cyber security sustem is recommended.

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