Construction Today - September/October 2017 - 82
By Matt Worth
for Old Buildings
chools, libraries and museums house
the best and brightest of our society.
However, the buildings that contain
these institutions could afford to be
quite a bit smarter.
The commercial building infrastructure
in America is aging, with as many as 72
percent of U.S. buildings being more than
20 years old. Although the idea of "smart
buildings" is gaining traction, out-of-date
HVAC and building controls equipment are
still the norm. Now is the time for an HVAC/
ment must incorporate advanced technologies that automatically
receive and respond to instructions, according to programmed or
learned conditions. This equipment can include HVAC, lighting, air
quality, security and more.
As consumers, we want lighting that adjusts to the amount of daylight. We want thermostats and fans that respond automatically to
changes in temperature. Smart control equals comfort, and comfortable tenants keep buildings occupied.
You, the building owner, want occupied buildings to keep real estate assets profitable. Good control of HVAC systems is also one of the
best ways to manage utility costs. By turning down - or off - major
energy-consuming systems when not needed, you can participate in
load shifting, demand response and time of use programs for additional cost savings.
What is a Smart Building?
Phrases like "smart grid" and "smart lighting"
are becoming commonplace. To be "smart" in
this context, commercial building equip-
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Managing Cost and Complexity
Smart HVAC/controls projects are often more expensive and more
complicated than lighting fixture upgrades or like-for-like equip-