Energy and Sustainability Services
Smart buildings are leveraging emerging machine-to-machine (M2M) technologies to become even smarter. According to the latest Global Sustainability Perspective, six advances in smart building technology are enabling a new era in building energy efficiency and carbon footprint reduction, yielding a return on investment for building owners within one to two years.
The term “smart building” typically refers to a building that uses computer-controlled equipment managed via a building automation system (BAS), which controls heating, ventilation, air conditioning and lighting, as well as water, fire and life safety equipment throughout a building.
The top six technologies contributing most to making buildings smarter include:
- Wireless meters and sensors. Internet and cloud computing.
- Open data communication protocols.
- Powerful analytics software.
- Remote centralized control.
- Integrated work-order management.
Even five years ago, remote monitoring and control of an entire portfolio of properties was not possible. Owners and investors are now realizing that the return on smarter building management is worth the investment, and can potentially pay for itself within one or two years.
In addition to smart building advances, the just-released Global Sustainability Report report also covers:
- How smart buildings and the smart grid interact.
- A case study on Procter & Gamble’s application of IntelliCommand, Jones Lang LaSalle’s smart building solution powered by Pacific Controls technology.