How to know whether a client really wants a smart building

Attend this smart building webcast on March 27 to learn about working with the client

By Amara Rozgus March 11, 2024

Smart building insights

  • A smart building is a structure equipped with various interconnected technologies and sensors to optimize energy efficiency, comfort and security.
  • Consulting engineers collaborate with clients and building owners to integrate advanced systems like smart devices, automated controls and data analytics, ensuring the design and implementation of a tailored smart building solution that meets their specific needs and objectives.

A smart building is broadly defined as a building that delivers valuable services that make occupants productive at the lowest cost and environmental impact over the building’s life cycle. Simply put, the technology enables efficient use of the building’s resources. But how does a consulting engineer design this?

Register for this webcast on Wednesday, March 27, 2024, to learn more.

Smart buildings, smart cities, intelligent places or connected venues are all terms the industry is using to describe this new way of thinking about how users consume the built environment. While a definition of what makes a facility a smart building is not yet agreed upon, a broad statement of goals and outcomes could include:

  • A smart building leverages secure technology to improve the quality of experience, and provides users contextually relevant information to inform their actions in real time.
  • A smart building provides solutions that bring added business value through data analytics informing organizational decision making.


  • Jason Newhuis, PE, CxA, LEED AP, Vice President/Director, Building Solutions, NV5
  • Will Maxwell, SmartScore AP, Smart Building Consultant, Smith Seckman Reid Inc.

Author Bio: Amara Rozgus is the Editor-in-Chief/Content Strategy Leader