It has been almost 40 years since the very first intelligent building was given a name. Located in Connecticut, the City Place Building was a first of its kind using new technology to bring about a new day to day life along with an improved infrastructure.
Smart buildings use new forms of technology to improve the quality of life of the occupants. Depending upon how this technology is applied, these buildings have the ability to improve the safety and health of the user. This has come into greater play while we have been focused on fighting a global pandemic, which is allowing management to focus on limiting the number of people and provisions, while allowing the employees to work autonomously. A smart building is going to have the ability to service itself while being able to communicate with various elements that are found outside of its own walls to interact with various conditions.
Energy Consumption and Building Management
Alongside the development of smart buildings, we have seen substantial growth in the focus of global and national sustainability targets. Operations and construction will typically account for about 36% of global final energy as well as 40% of all energy-related carbon dioxide emissions. This ultimately leads up to the focus of applying greener technologies within the industry. There have been a number of strategies developed throughout the world in an effort to encourage the use of green technology, including energy efficient measures and green finance schemes.
One of the forerunners in the world in the development and use of green technology has been Singapore. In 2014, they created and launched the Smart Nation Initiative, which was tasked with the development of buildings and structures to be sustainably smart for future generations. The government has invested nearly 2.4 billion into the Smart Nation Initiative, showing they have a clear commitment to a sustainable future.
In addition to the Smart Nation Initiative, there has also been the introduction of the Green mark Scheme. This is going to give buildings a traffic-light code in terms to who environmentally-friendly they are. The current target is to see that 80% of all buildings have a green code by 2030, ensuring that the initiative is well underway for a healthier life.
By choosing to use available technology today, Singapore is well on their way to creating a more sustainable and global-friendly culture. Buildings are responsible for well over half of the country's electrical consumption. Making energy consumption the key focus in the use of intelligent buildings, as well as why Singapore was the key model for the need for improvement.
Begin to Recover in a Green manner From Covid-19
There have been a number of changes to policies in regard to climate change as we begin to recover from Covid-19, that were discussed during the London Climate Action Week.
The Many Benefits of Smart Technology
There are a number of benefits to buildings using smart technology. They feature a truly autonomous experience for the end-user and allow for greater data to the stakeholders. With an IoT sensor having the ability to monitor the occupancy of the building and having the ability to make needed changes such as lowering lights and temperatures, truly allows for the way a building manages energy consumption and saves where and when it is needed.
Smart building technology is one of the best changes in which we can live and work in a sustainable way. More industries and governments are looking into their daily practices to seek out better ways that are going to help in an economical and environmental way through the use of sustainable and smart methods. As technology continues to grow and change, discussions will surely be ongoing.