In hospitals, air quality counts. According to research at Texas A&M University, indoor air pollution in hospital environments increases the risk of hospital-acquired or healthcare-associated infections (HAI) to patients, staff, and visitors, and can have a significant impact on patient outcomes. Smart technology allows hospitals to take control of indoor air quality (IAQ) and support the health and well-being of everyone who comes through their doors.
Since legalization, cannabis growers have sought out better ways to farm to meet demand without compromising quality. While outdoor cultivation offers a lower-cost approach for growing, crops grown outdoors are much more vulnerable to weather, pests, and other uncontrollable environmental issues. Indoor cultivation nixes these problems, allowing cultivators to control every aspect of plant growth. Yet, many wonder if indoor growing is sustainable in the long term due to the enormous amount of energy it requires.
Information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) within buildings have historically stayed in their own siloes. But smart buildings are changing that. In intelligent built environments, building systems are becoming more connected than ever before and collaboration with IT infrastructure is becoming not just possible, but necessary.
The return on investment (ROI) of a commercial building reflects the profitability of facility investment. But ROI isn’t just about how much money an investment saves. It must also take into account how improvements impact occupant satisfaction, tenant retention, lease rates, and sales price.
In the past two years, monitoring indoor air quality has emerged as a top priority in building management. According to a 2020 study, 76% of U.S. consumers would feel more comfortable entering buildings in which air quality is being monitored. That sentiment can have a big impact on where people choose to live, work, and play. To maintain a healthy, safe, and appealing environment, you must start with knowing how to improve indoor air quality in buildings.
Commercial cannabis cultivation requires an enormous amount of energy. With increasing energy prices, growing competition, and ever-tightening regulations on the horizon, cultivators need to optimize energy efficiency to maintain market share and maximize profits.
Though a majority of large commercial buildings deploy a conventional building management system (BMS), they fail to become more energy-efficient owing to the poor control technology of the BMS. The simple logic governing the control technology of a standard BMS also makes it challenging to strike the right balance between ensuring tenant comfort and optimizing energy consumption.
Safety of tenants and visitors is a priority for building management. Building owners and facility managers must comply with OSHA recommendations to ensure that anybody entering a building should not only be safe but feel safe as well. Combining smart facility management and safety through robust tech-driven solutions can help you protect occupants and create more inviting environments.
In the face of economic uncertainty, commercial building owners often consider selling off at least some of their assets. A building assessment report supported by an intelligent building management platform (IBMP) can help accurately and efficiently communicate your building’s equipment when it comes time to provide due diligence in the sales process. But an IBMP can also do so much more.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is transforming built structures into energy-efficient environments that enhance the experiences of those who occupy them. This goes beyond mere comfort control or cost-cutting. Digital environments enhance the operational efficiency, energy savings, comfort, and health of building owners, managers, and occupants. Smart buildings connect people, support collaboration, and increase productivity while conserving resources. To make this possible, data must be standardized and flow efficiently through gateways with sufficient capabilities and capacity.