A smart building is a structure that uses automated processes to control the building’s operations. HVAC, ventilation, lighting, security and more are controlled by sensors, actuators and microchips. Data is collected and managed according to a company’s functions and services. This infrastructure helps owners, operators and facility personnel improve asset reliability and performance. Smart buildings reduce energy use, optimize how space is used and minimizes environmental impact.
The main reason commercial building owners and managers are considering smart building retrofits is because it reduces energy consumption and footprint in older facilities. Much of our country’s energy usage comes from commercial buildings and many of these facilities have substantial sustainability objectives. A smart building retrofit helps in achieving energy reduction goals while improving the lives of those who live or work in the space.
Smart buildings also offer additional advantages. Data obtained from a fully IoT-enabled building can deliver more complex use cases like intelligent space optimization. Retrofitting into a smart building can optimize the efficiency of operations, give facility managers greater command and control of the space, and deliver a frictionless workplace experience. These benefits often result in higher lease rates with longer terms and satisfied tenants.
Although there are associated costs with smart building retrofits, they can present a savings over the lifetime of the building. Smart buildings can also initiate previously non-existent KPI’s that can help with achieving broader business objectives, reducing complaints and introducing a more attractive reason for the landlord to consider the investment.
Smart buildings are smart for business. They go beyond energy consumption and can result in success for building owners, managers and operators. For more information about smart building retrofits, contact MAC today. MAC is a contractor Kansas City property and facility managers have trusted for more than 25 years. MAC can help you with any facility repairs, remodeling, custom cabinetry, construction and many other projects.