Smart Buildings

A City is Only As Smart As Its Buildings – Making a Case for Retrofits

What’s a smart city without smart buildings, and where is the city with only smart buildings? Municipal and national governments talk confidently about their smart cities, but until they can drive the conversion of old building stock into smart-connected elements of the urban landscape, they are just creating smart infrastructure. To truly see the potential of smart technology, cities must incorporate infrastructure, buildings, and people into their strategy. Infrastructure, be it energy, water, transport or telecommunications, is a fundamental part of a modern city. As smart city and smart grid technology evolves these urban networks are coming online, providing a variety of benefits from reduced congestion, to greater efficiency, as well as better security, health, and wellbeing for citizens. Alongside public spaces, the remaining physical space in a city is taken up by buildings; however, 99% of which are basically dumb and inefficient. “A city is essentially just a collection of buildings. A smart city, […]

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Azbil’s Building Automation Business 2021 Examined

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