What does an integrated building include?
Building integration is the organized consideration of HVAC, lighting, building envelope and other engineered systems of a facility for the purpose of reducing energy, material and time consumption, as well as other things, in the satisfaction of a detailed performance specification. Smart buildings are sometimes discussed when talking about integrated systems.
When information and operational technology collaborate with business leaders, facility managers gain secure access to the data they need to achieve their sustainability goals
By considering updated controls architecture, integrating building systems together becomes much more attainable and streamlined
Digitalization is evolving the design and operation of the built environment and a smart building design approach can focus on outcomes that deliver results
NFPA 3 and NFPA 4 explore integrated fire protection and life safety system testing and are vital to a building’s overall fire/life safety implementation.
Fire protection engineers should consider the building's construction, fire suppression systems, and smoke control when designing active and passive fire protection systems. The International Building Code and NFPA standards provide guidance on passive and active fire protection systems.
Building automation systems (BAS) allow for state-of-the-art systems integration in nonresidential buildings.