Our modern world is full of smart technologies connecting our gadgets and smart accessories, and it was only natural that our buildings were destined for the same fate. Smart buildings provide solutions, improve efficiency, reduce consumption and reduce energy costs. The use of sensors built into infrastructure and data collected in smart buildings allows for a significant improvement in the management of buildings. Thanks to innovative technologies and the growing advantages of the Internet of Things (IoT), residents and employees are enjoying the comforts and benefits associated with their smart buildings.

 

What is a Smart Building?

A few decades ago we never thought it would be possible to automatically control the conditions in an entire building. However, the latest technological developments and the IoT have led to the emergence of smart buildings. A smart building is any building or facility that uses automated processes to automatically control the building’s operations including heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC systems), lighting, security and other systems. While new construction can be designed to implement all of these smart technologies from the ground up, older structures can also be converted to smart buildings.

 

In innovative smart buildings, HVAC Systems permit users to view and manage usage patterns. These systems gather data to analyze it and define patterns to anticipate particular needs at any given time. Aside from providing a great degree of comfort for building occupants, smart buildings also provide a series of benefits.

 

Greater Efficiency

One of the most significant benefits associated with smart buildings is energy optimisation. For most commercial buildings, energy use is the most substantial operating expense. On average, approximately one-third of a typical operating budget is spent on energy consumption. To increase a building’s efficiency, the occupant must have active control of its conditions. To remain energy efficient, they must monitor usage to ensure that consumption is adequate at all times. A smart building is designed to increase efficiency regardless of external or internal structure conditions.

 

Think of your home or building as an asset. The asset value of your building will increase after the implementation of your recommended Energy Efficiency Measurements. The first step of this process takes place during your energy audit. An energy audit determines the amount of energy consumption affiliated with a building and the potential savings associated with that energy consumption. Additionally, an energy audit is designed to understand the specific conditions that are impacting the performance and comfort in your facility to maximize the overall impact of energy-focused building improvements.

 

Using your net operating income (NOI), your energy auditor can determine your asset value increase. In the energy equation below with a capitalization rate of 8%, the annual savings of the building amount to AED 1,652,543 per year!

Asset Value Increase equation

Lower Consumption

Greater efficiency directly correlates with lower consumption. Based on the results of your energy audit and implementation, you can reduce the costs of energy that your home or building consumes by up to 35%. Considering approximately 80% of the total energy consumption in buildings is consumed by HVAC, this is a very significant amount. Investing in a smart building will bring a considerable return on investment.

 

More Efficient Audits

The systems and technologies in smart buildings allow all energy parameters to be monitored in real-time. This data is stored and analyzed to improve the control and monitoring systems in your building. Additionally, all this data is collected centrally. In analyzing this data, we can obtain accurate information on the consumption and energy patterns in your home or building.

 

Predictive Maintenance

Sensors used in smart buildings can gauge a facility technical performance and activates maintenance procedures in the event of equipment malfunction even before an alert is triggered. This makes it is possible to track the parts and systems in your smart building to detect and immediately repair any malfunctions. In the event that an error message is sent, the system collects data that will help to determine the reasons for the malfunction. Depending on your platform, the system can also be programmed to automatically adapt to any problem by managing the remaining components.

 

Additionally, monitoring machinery and equipment allows for more efficient management of equipment lifecycle. As a result, you can replace equipment when it becomes too costly or when it reaches the end of its service life.

 

The technology used in smart buildings ensures that energy consumption is managed with ecological responsibility. Smart controls enable optimal climatic conditions to be maintained to avoid the costly waste of energy. Smart buildings offer the opportunity to manage consumption in a way that is much more in line with the most current ecological consumption guidelines.

 

Smart buildings offer a more comfortable, efficient and advanced option for your home or office. Contact the experts at Taka to get the ball rolling with your energy audit. We look forward to hearing from you.