Smart Buildings

Legacy Procurement Practices Continue to Hold Back the Building IoT Market

Construction methodology is still, for the most part, archaic. It starts with a strategic definition, where a business case is developed around the client’s requirements and budgets, and sites are appraised. Once the project is defined, preparation and briefing can begin, where budgets, outcomes and aspirations are refined further and feasibility can be studied. Next, the architectural concept can be developed, incorporating strategic engineering, aligned to budgets and strategies, and reviewed by stakeholders. Then comes the spatial coordination, through design studies, engineering analysis, and cost exercises that culminate in an official planning application. It is only after all of those foundational processes are complete that technologies such as the Building Internet of Things (BIoT) enter the discussion for the first time. The BIoT is only introduced after core design and planning activities are finished. If our buildings aren’t as smart as they should be by now, then this may be the primary reason. “The typical […]

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