Smart buildings make use of all kinds of technologies to manage many aspects of a building that can result in less human intrusion and labor. Smart buildings can also make use of the Internet of Things (IoT) to have more efficiency and better controlled buildings.
What Can Be Controlled in a Building?
Air conditioning, heating, lights, computers, audiovisual technology, fire safety, earthquake sensors, electrical and electronic devices are usually controlled by manual operation. People use their hands and flick switches. However, smart buildings can make these things function automatically or with minimal human intrusion with the use of a building management system.
The Benefits of Smart Buildings
The benefits of smart buildings include better monitoring of the environment so that the building can respond quickly. For example, the air conditioning can change with temperature and weather conditions. This results in better comfort and convenience as well as fewer costs. Fewer human errors like leaving the air conditioning running for too long can result in better operation of a building as well as less energy consumption.
Smart Buildings Can Save Lives
Electrical devices using pumps, fans, belts, and other mechanical parts can use sensors to detect mechanical failures preventing fires or explosions. Smart buildings can use carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide sensors to detect high levels of traffic pollution or leaks from mechanical devicesto prevent possible deaths. Ventilation systems can fail mechanically; thus, having a number of chemical sensors that can be managed centrally and also save lives is crucial.
Smart buildings can result in fewer deaths, more efficiency, and cost savings. They also offer more convenience and comfort to people living, working, and visiting buildings in well connected cities and towns.