Smart Buildings

Teach AI About Buildings So AI Can Teach Occupants About Energy Efficiency

Buildings consume more than one-third of global primary energy, but about 30% of that energy is wasted... why? After construction, buildings are concrete-steel-glass structures that have no inherent need to consume energy. It is only when you introduce occupants that a building’s operational energy needs emerge and, while serving occupants was always the intention of the facility, buildings are not sufficiently analyzing occupant needs before planning for future consumption. Instead of only turning on what they need to turn on, buildings typically start with everything on and then gradually turn off what they don’t need. This subtle change of mindset is significant. Building energy efficiency is a journey, not a destination, so by starting that voyage at the point of highest consumption they spend far more time in the inefficient half of the building energy consumption spectrum.  “It has become increasingly evident that humans play a major role in building energy efficiency and urban sustainability. […]

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