An important aspect in making a building “smart” entails the use of devices connected to the Internet of Things (IoT). Integrated, automated building systems have benefited greatly from this technology, which has made it possible to inexpensively gather data throughout built environments. Not only does this give facility managers access to real-time data that helps identify inefficiencies in a building’s systems, it also reduces operating costs overall.
Laura draws on her experience in commercial real estate to cover trends in occupancy, indoor air quality and operational efficiency.
The 1970s energy crisis caused a significant change in how buildings were designed and built, many of which are still in use today. Structures became increasingly airtight and insulated to conserve energy. While these design changes resulted in energy savings, they also reduced the fresh air circulating through a building’s HVAC systems. Additionally, synthetic materials became common in the construction, decoration, and maintenance of built structures.
The benefits Internet of Things (IoT) technology offers to built environments are immense. Some of these—like reduced energy consumption, better environmental conditions, and higher lease rates—are well-known. But one of the most important benefits of IoT is less frequently discussed: predictive maintenance.
An indoor air quality (IAQ) management plan is invaluable for protecting the health of building occupants. Since 2020, such plans have become more important and more prevalent than ever before, and forward-thinking building owners are turning to innovative technologies for help. Automated smart systems that monitor and analyze air quality make it easier to implement robust IAQ management plans and quickly identify and resolve issues. This means safer buildings and healthier people.
In 1792, Robert B. Thomas came up with a secret method for predicting weather throughout the next year and shared his predictions in a publication he called the Old Farmer’s Almanac. Still published to this day, the almanac boasts an 80% accuracy rate and is used by farmers, gardeners, and weather watchers across the United States.
Smart buildings are changing commercial real estate. From streamlining maintenance to reducing operating costs to increasing lease rates, smart technologies can transform the way buildings are managed and enhance their economic value. Meanwhile, their ability to improve energy efficiency makes them a vital asset in the fight against climate change.
A heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) system is one of the most important components of a medical facility, and not just because of its role in indoor air quality (IAQ). Modern HVAC systems have inbuilt sensors that monitor air pressure throughout a building, including in areas in hospitals that require specific air pressure arrangements. This is critical for meeting the building pressure standards that protect the health and safety of patients and staff.
Maintenance keeps equipment working and is an important factor in making a building more sustainable. But when maintenance is data-driven, it becomes even more powerful.
Equipment malfunctions. Energy waste. Leaks. Uncomfortable conditions. Addressing these concerns promptly has long been a key responsibility for property managers. But the Internet of Things (IoT) and analytics software that continually tracks building data are changing when and how such concerns are addressed. By integrating analytics and IoT, property management can become easier and more effective than ever before.
Buildings IOT expands its leadership team to address growing client demand for smarter, healthier, and more cost-efficient buildings.
CONCORD, CA, August 11, 2021 -Buildings IOT (BIOT) announced today that Jamie Uhlir – former Head of Operations for WeWork’s Atlantic territory – has joined the company as Director, Building Systems. Uhlir will oversee all building systems projects to streamline processes and help BIOT clients achieve value-driven results in this newly created role.