There is a common misconception that intelligent buildings are a pure-play technological consideration. While there is certainly a technological aspect to the concept, intelligent buildings can be much more than that.
Smart buildings, in fact, can also be viewed as a long-term strategy to better understand the relationship between the built environment and its occupants. Optimally, the smart building allows owners and operators to better understand occupant needs and behaviors.
This drives the multiple goals of enhancing both well-being and productivity while simultaneously saving operational costs and increasing building efficiencies. In essence, smart buildings can be a wise and forward-thinking investment.
What makes a smart building?
1. Creating a better customer experience
2. Enhancing energy efficiency
3. Making operational improvements
4. Establishing a more sustainable environment
Any one of these drivers taken separately will contribute to the above-mentioned goals, and indeed, our global network of professionals believes that these drivers must be tailored to the specific application and the goals of the client. For instance, the needs of a shopping mall on the outskirts of London will be vastly different from those of a mid-rise office asset in Atlanta.
What is the potential impact of these four facets of a smart building strategy?
Consider this: in a typical building, energy represents a cost of US$1 to US$9 per square foot; lease maintenance and operations represent a cost of US$10 to US$99 per square foot; and people (occupants) represent a cost of US$100 to US$999 per square foot.