Smart Buildings

Blockchain Series: Developing Trust to Unleash the Potential of Smart Buildings

"From energy management to billing, blockchain will eventually touch everything in buildings,” says Joseph Aamidor, of Aamidor Consulting. To conclude our April Blockchain Series, we look at how blockchain could change the way to construct, own, let and operate our buildings. Blockchain on Architecture, Engineering & Construction (AEC) The AEC industry is already getting quite excited about the thought of blockchain bringing transparency and fairness to the early stages of a building project. Above all, they see it as an opportunity to decrease the administrative costs of digitalisation and a way to protect the licensing of their individual Intellectual Property Rights (IPR). In the complex world of collaboration within Building Information Modelling (BIM), blockchain offers better permissions and accountability, among other things. As it stands, when a building operates well the credit goes to the facility managers and when things go badly, blame goes in the same direction. This may seem a fair balance for […]

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