Smart buildings are the way of the future, as new facilities are being built with energy-efficiency and sustainability in mind. Today’s buildings are going through an evolution called the digital phase, with a focus on creating long-term benefits for occupants and eco-friendly benefits for Earth. Continue reading to learn about smart buildings of the past, present, and future!
Role Of IT In Facility Management
As smart buildings continue to grow, facility managers are expected to have a bigger role in IT. This adds challenges to the role of facility manager, as the amount of data generated is impossible to comprehend without help from the right tools and applications. The integration of multiple systems is essential for providing predictive operational capability and reducing tasks through automated reporting but requires a quick transition into a system-oriented approach. This is necessary not only for the smart buildings of the future but also for the present. This means that facilities must quickly train and upskill existing personnel.
IT networks are the backbone of every smart building, and as older facilities are being transformed into smart buildings, transitions to systems on an IP network will bring challenges. While wireless network architectures may be a better choice to avoid disruptions in operations, they will be constrained by the network reach and space layouts that may cause connectivity challenges. The choice of IT networks in older buildings also depends on the capabilities of the associated hardware generating data and controlling the building.
Newer facilities have much more flexibility over the choice of IT infrastructure and technology, but it’s essential to work to ensure that investment doesn’t get outdated any time soon. As networks continue to get faster and the cloud expands in terms of storage and analytical capabilities, facility owners need technologies that complement their business operations. Present buildings and systems must be designed to suit their businesses, rather than the other way around.
Future Of Smart Buildings
In just a few years, energy efficiency retrofits in commercial and public buildings will reach $128 billion, and 50% of all building systems and devices will be connected. Smart buildings are the foundation of an energy-efficient economy. It’s vital for facility managers and building owners to note that a digital ecosystem is in the present, and a lack of action today will only bring negative effects for the future. Smart buildings are a crucial investment, and when done the right way, the returns outweigh the costs!
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