Smart Buildings

Does Technology Make Buildings More or Less Resilient?

Resilience is the ability to overcome future challenges, both the expected and the unexpected. The term has been used increasingly in the buildings industry in recent years, alongside other terms such as sustainability and continuity. However, while sustainability and continuity are focused on survival, the true goal of resilience is to thrive despite challenges. Resilience is about bouncing back, learning lessons, adapting, and becoming better. As buildings evolve into smart buildings and many things evolve into connected things, we ask — has all this technology made buildings more resilient or less resilient? In the most traditional sense, the resilience of buildings is measured by their ability to withstand the challenges of their environment. Early buildings were designed to shelter occupants from weather, for example, so buildings in areas with low-temperatures and high-precipitation would need to be insulated and waterproof to be resilient, whereas buildings in hot deserts would need to manage the heat and wind […]

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