How Smart Building Systems Can Reduce Emissions

How Smart Building Systems Can Reduce Emissions

Buildings and their construction make up 39% of annual energy-related carbon emissions. Find out what role smart building systems play in reducing this output.

The carbon footprint of buildings and their construction is astoundingly large, higher than the transportation sector. Altogether, buildings and their construction make up 39 percent of annual energy-related carbon dioxide emissions, according to the United Nations Environment Programme’s Global Status Report 2017. Building operations account for 28 percent of global emissions annually. This portion of emissions came from the energy used for powering lighting, heating, and cooling creates greenhouse gases. Further, the construction process and manufacturing of building materials also contribute to carbon emissions, at about 11 percent globally.

The building sector can combat these alarming statistics and reduce emissions by turning to smart building systems. Smart building systems are already experiencing major changes throughout the industry. Building automation is primed to take on this climate change crisis.


Smart building systems use devices and sensors to manage various building systems. These components gather valuable data and generate insightful reports as to how the systems are performing. Understanding metrics like peak energy use times and redundant operations lets facility managers make adjustments to optimize energy consumption and lower utility costs. By making building operations more efficient, it reduces emissions in direct and non-direct ways. This depends on how much electricity is required and how that electricity is generated (i.e., a power plant that burns coal versus solar photovoltaic panels).

Immediate, Individual Action

Implementing smart building systems can take an immediate effect through individual action, rather than waiting for sweeping policy changes to dictate efforts for reduced emissions. While high upfront costs act as a barrier for some organizations to adopt smart building systems and technology, it’s a strategic investment that will make operations more cost-effective in the long run. The continued use of inefficient and outdated infrastructures generate excessive amounts of carbon emissions. Existing buildings like office complexes, critical facilities, multi-dwelling housing, hospitals, schools, and more can one-by-one be converted into smart, efficient buildings. As urbanization and construction inevitably continue to progress, intelligent buildings will be implemented from the start.

Leading the Change

Smart building systems mark energy-consumers’ shift to finding alternative energy generation that aims for zero or reduced emissions. For example, distributed energy resources and microgrids are rapidly popping up in locations around the world. Smart building software lets users take advantage of the digitalization of this local renewable energy. As more and more buildings adapt intelligent systems and opt for these low carbon energy sources for power, their voice as energy consumers in the market become louder. The call for no or reduced carbon energy generation methods will be impossible to ignore.


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