Smart buildings: How to enhance building performance with integrated systems
Using scalable, connected systems, engineers will understand what services can enhance smart building design
Attendees qualify for a Certificate of Completion What is a smart building, and how can engineers design integrated building systems? A smart building is broadly defined as a building that delivers useful services that make occupants productive at the lowest cost and environmental impact over the building’s life cycle. Owners, operators and occupants expect more from the built environment. Technology continues to evolve at an exponential pace and there are many more tools, systems and services available, all of which the consulting engineer must understand. Consulting engineers who specify various systems into smart buildings should have a grasp of the technologies and tools available to them, and how to integrate these systems to ensure the building meets the client’s needs. Automation, controls, migration, convergence and integration are at the forefront of this learning curve. A smart building requires adding intelligence from the start of the design phase to the end of the building’s useful life. Smart buildings use converged networks during operation to connect a variety of subsystems, which traditionally operate independently, so that these systems can share information to enhance total building performance.