The smart building revolution is based on the idea that technology should inform, shape and monitor every aspect of a building’s operation and management.
In smart buildings, networks of IoT sensors help control temperature, monitor power and water consumption, and track sustainability performance in real time. The result is greater energy efficiency and cost savings. When you consider that commercial buildings represent nearly 20% of the country’s primary energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions—at a time when there’s so much focus on the adverse effects of climate change—the push for energy-efficient buildings has taken on increasing urgency.
Here are 5 ways smart building technology conserves energy:
- Advanced building energy management systems equipped with automated fault detection and diagnostic capabilities can predict potential maintenance problems before they occur to prevent downtime. They can also set timers to monitor energy usage during off hours when parts or all of the building is not in use.
- When paired and networked with a building energy management system, smart lighting technology can be programmed to automatically switch on and off and vary lighting levels depending on the time of day and/or levels of usage.
- Smart heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems with features like multi-speed fans and control ventilation can regulate air conditioning and heating levels according to the specific needs and preferences of occupants. This has been shown to yield cost savings of 24–32% depending on the building type, according to the report, New Horizons for Energy Efficiency.
- New smart window technology can lighten or darken depending on the intensity of sunlight, to help minimize glare and reduce the HVAC and lighting energy loads. A study by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, cited in a report issued by the American Council of an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) found smart windows can save 19–26% on cooling and 48–67% on lighting.
- Smart plug load controls, consisting of auto-controlled receptacles and power strips that rely on time scheduling, motion sensing and load detection, can cut off power to equipment that’s not in use.
Owners and occupants of energy-efficient buildings enjoy other benefits as well. Improved indoor air quality, more comfortable temperature levels and optimal lighting all lead to greater work productivity and job efficiency—not to mention, more satisfied tenants.
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