All buildings are going through a revolution during the digital age, as the Internet of Things and building management systems are changing the ways buildings work. The latest evolution is the digital phase, with the end goal of creating long-term benefits for building occupants, as well as eco-friendly benefits for the planet. Continue reading to learn about the three changes to the digital phase, which include efficiency, buildings as financial assets, and end-user centricity.
Buildings and cities are facing an efficiency challenge, as more and more people are expected to move to cities in the U.S. With this rapid urbanization, cities are in desperate need of efficiency gains in space and energy use. Another challenge buildings are facing is the flatling of the construction industry’s efficiency gains. While other industries have seen a significant improvement over the last 70 years, the construction industry remains poorly digitalized. However, with a more efficient approach such as Building Information Modeling (BIM,) the construction industry can bring new efficiencies and savings. When the BMS is connected to a BIM design, the whole building can be mapped and structured to allow for predictive maintenance, informed decision-making, and issue resolution.
As we spend an average of 90 percent of the day inside buildings, it’s easy to see how the structures are crucial to our lives. But buildings are more than just structures; they are also a new form of currency. Older buildings with outdated BMSs are an issue, as they come with high maintenance costs, energy waste, and a limit on IoT connectivity that occupants are demanding more than ever. However, digitally driven BMSs can fix these problems. The BMSs reduce labor costs with effective maintenance, reduce energy costs and cloud-based analytics, and keep occupants comfortable and healthy with temperature sensors and network connectivity. Increasing smart buildings is a great start to developing smart cities that occupants value enough to live and work in.
In the digital age we’re living in, buildings must start to cater to occupants and the lastest, energy-efficiency technology they desire. As more smart and green buildings pop up around the country, end-users have more choices about their living and workspaces. Employees and tenants are looking for customizable, app-based environments where they can control the lighting, temperature, and parking preferences from their phone. End-users are also looking for sustainability, as energy-efficient buildings and appliances make a building much more desirable to occupants and investors. Without these perks that promise comfort and efficiency, property managers face the risk of losing occupants.
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