Behind-the-scenes: Smart building innovations at the Purdue Center for High Performance Buildings

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It’s no secret that new technologies are changing how your buildings operate and how your people work. But where should you look to stay abreast of the latest and greatest developments in smart building technology? Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at Purdue University’s Center for High Performance Buildings (CHPB), where leading academics and engineers are piloting innovative smart building solutions. 

JLL is currently partnering with the CHPB on 13 research projects. Of particular interest to us is a project driving the development of smart building solutions that can significantly increase occupant satisfaction and productivity (in addition to delivering energy cost savings). To learn more about this partnership, click here.  

The Purdue University Center for High Performance Buildings (CHPB) was founded in 2013, and has quickly emerged as a leader in the smart building innovation space (bolstered by partnerships with industry leaders). The CHPB takes a multi-disciplinary, holistic approach to its research projects, by bringing in experts in mechanical, civil and electrical engineering, as well as specialists in psychology and human behavior.

So, what value can the CHPB’s research bring to your business strategy?

Here’s a useful example of the practical applications of the CHPB’s research. The CHPB is currently investigating the effect that self-tuned environmental controls can have on your employees’ comfort and productivity levels.

In layman’s terms, the CHPB is quantifying the impact that having personalized control of your work environment – such as a mobile app that controls the lighting, temperature, or window shades in your workspace – can have on your level of comfort and productivity.

While this study is still a work-in-progress, the implications are profound. If this study’s hypothesis is supported, then adopting the “widely acceptable” comfort metrics that are often used to set workplace temperatures and lighting levels will no longer be a best practice. Instead, innovative companies that want to deliver a better overall experience for their employees will have an even stronger business case for the adoption of advanced HVAC and lighting controls that allow their employees to personalize their workspaces to their own level of comfort – and drive productivity as a result.

The bottom line? Research and development in the smart building technology space is transforming the ways that your buildings operate and your people work – and staying up-to-date on the latest developments is essential. For more trends and opportunities in the smart building space, click here

One thought on “Behind-the-scenes: Smart building innovations at the Purdue Center for High Performance Buildings

  1. Bruce Chessington

    The implications for software operated homes and offices are numerous. The reduction in energy consumption will be optimal and the only factor that may vary is the isolation of the building, the size of the rooms and halls and the type of heating utensils used.


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