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5 Ways Smart Buildings Help Create a Greener World

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More businesses are trying to embrace eco-friendly practices. One of the many ways that businesses are going green is by investing in smart buildings. Many experts argue that smart buildings are the future of sustainability.

Smart buildings integrate the IoT and technology to offer solutions to a few age-old problems of inefficiency and overspending in building use and construction. Within these smart buildings, every system is connected, from lighting and security, to air conditioning. This results in dramatic savings, and it is a far more effective and efficient approach to meeting green goals.

How much can smart buildings help in the quest for a greener future? One analysis by SpiceWorks showed that they can reduce emissions by 60% in residential buildings and 59% in commercial buildings. This is a substantial transformation for companies striving to go green.

With sensor use, such as people counters and occupancy, actionable data relating to how a building is used is easy to collect so that it can perform better. There are 5 key benefits associated with smart buildings:

#1 Lower Energy Consumption

The figures vary and usually depend on buildings and systems, but it is possible to lower energy consumption by around 5% to 35% in a building when using smart technology. This translates to an even higher reduction in the carbon footprint as the SpiceWorks source cited above indicates. This can also result in dramatic savings and a more effective and efficient approach to reaching green goals.

#2 Enhance Building Efficiency

Unobtrusive sensors can offer anonymous data relating to how a building is used. This will enable the smart system to perform adjustments when it comes to where light and heat are required, as an example, and infrastructure use like air conditioning.

Sensors can also be used to identify underused and overused areas in a building. This provides an opportunity to optimize the utilization of space, which can help to facilitate growth.

#3 Predictive Maintenance

Costs relating to maintenance can become substantial when they are handled manually. Yet without any maintenance, the equipment in a building would require a lot more frequent replacements, which could take a big chunk out of the budget. Smart buildings allow for predictive and simpler maintenance.

Sensors can also detect the performance of the building, followed by activating maintenance procedures well before alerts are triggered. When using more insightful overviews of how a building operates and is used, it becomes easier to execute maintenance procedures at the correct time.

#4 Increase Productivity

Smart buildings are designed specifically to deliver more comfortable experiences for the occupants. They can promote raising standards or ensuring safety and health considerations have been met, and ensure these are all implemented in the most cost-effective way.

Smart buildings can make people in a building more productive in the way of constantly monitoring use in the building and adjusting systems so that the occupants can access the facilities they need.

#5 Improved Use Of Resources

Data that is generated by smart buildings offer critical insights that you can feed into planning while making sure resources are used more efficiently. This removes having to rely on anecdotal data or guesswork since this will be replaced with real-time, informative, and genuine intelligence.

All of this can benefit a business by increasing efficiency, making a better run business and improving a businesses green credentials and helps with protecting their business reputation in the world.

Smart buildings create a greener world and one that future generations will be happy to thank you for. They are also helping drive the transition to eco-friendly urban planning.

Cat Robinson is a freelance writer lucky enough to be living on the beautiful KwaZulu Natal coast of South Africa. Instilled with a love of language from an early age, she enjoys bending her pen to different subjects, researching new topics and, hopefully giving a touch of flair to every piece she writes! She is passionate about educating her readers through entertaining content that makes complex issues easier to understand and has written on topics as diverse as vegan nutrition to woodworking tools to travel. When she’s no writing or entertaining her three feline furbabies, she enjoys experimenting in the kitchen with indigenous plants – often with mixed results!

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