Smart Buildings – The Future is Now
Smart buildings – Since the Industrial Revolution, it has been a goal of architects to create buildings and homes. That can automatically adjust and respond to the people inside and the environment outside. These functions of these intelligent buildings were originally conceived for the purpose of making life easier for the inhabitants. But over time, advances in modern technology has seen these once dreamed of features become reality.
The rapid growth of suburbia after World War II created a boom of homes that incorporated energy-efficiency in their design. During the computer age of the late 1970’s through the 1980’s and 90’s. It became possible to control certain functions of a home through a central, remote location. Today, those energy efficient building practices are combined with a environmentally friendly building materials and techniques. As well as a building management system that reduces energy consumption and improves the quality of life of its inhabitants.
A smart buildings works efficiently
A smart buildings works efficiently to control air quality and temperature, maximizing its output of clean air, while minimizing the amount of environmentally harmful byproducts. Using as little energy as possible, or creating its own sustainable energy through the use of solar panels or wind turbines, an intelligent facility can store excess electricity for future use or sell it to the power company to aid in the electrical needs of the community.
Using building materials that are locally manufactured cuts down on the emissions of transportation vehicles. Some new construction materials require very little cleanup, resulting in less waste for our landfills. Other construction necessities like adhesives and insulation are also being made more ecologically friendly with the reduction of the amount of toxins that they once contained.
Part of living or working in a smart building is having the facility immediately respond to your needs. A facility’s subsystem can learn the lifestyle and behavior of its occupants and, over time, can respond automatically to adjust the indoor environment to his or her liking. For example, someone who always adjusts the thermostat to a certain temperature at bedtime. And again when they wake up in the morning, can have that action “learned” by the subsystem and it will work to adjust the air temperature at those times. Even something as simple as having the television turned on when you arrive home can be programmed into a smart building. Other more extensive examples include a building that can sense seismic activity, such as a small earthquake. And perform a computerized structural assessment to predicatively compensate for any vulnerability.
Building management systems can sense the movement in a facility and can monitor temperature spikes. (As in a fire or something about to catch fire), chemical leaks, mechanical breakdowns, etc. All this can be done wirelessly, though wifi systems that are easily installed and require very little in terms of installation and maintenance.
Advances in technology have made our lives extremely easier and allows us to get things done quickly and more efficiently. Our living and working facilities have benefited from these technological breakthroughs, and as a result, so has our environment.