Smart Buildings

The Human Brain Represents a Vast Edge Computing Resource for Improving Buildings

The rise of smart building technology often makes energy efficiency feel like a technical problem, where better devices, configurations, and maintenance can provide the solution. Buildings are human spaces, however, where occupant decisions can be some of the most influential factor in how energy is used and how it can be saved. While some advanced technological solutions now focus on quantifying human behavior and analyzing it to predict and optimize energy use, they often struggle for accuracy and acceptance. Rather than feeding big data engines with occupant information, a recently completed EU project shows how to improve energy efficiency by feeding occupants with building data, thereby empowering them to make efficient choices. The 3-year, EU-wide InBetween Project officially ended yesterday and concluded that we can improve energy efficiency by an estimated 20% simply by enabling users to recognize inefficiencies, understand how they can reduce waste, and inspire them to act on that knowledge. Borrowing from […]

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Bringing Small Buildings into the Smart Buildings Market

The vast majority of buildings are small and not very smart, and it is their small size that limits their “intelligence” by restricting their access to smart building technology. A staggering 94% of US office space is housed in properties under 50,000 square feet, according to the latest data from Energy Star, and that proportion is […]


Building Better Fire Protection with Smart Technology

The destructive relationship between fire and buildings is as old as the history of buildings themselves. Fire protection has been a key reason for the development of new materials, construction methods, and safety protocols since the earliest buildings and each major fire acts as a trigger for innovation and regulation. The response to the Great Fire […]

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Real Estate Service Firms Continue to Invest in Smart Building Tech in 2022

Acquisitions, partnerships and investments are playing an increasingly important role in implementing strategic goals for major stakeholders in the built environment, particularly in providing access to the range of innovative technologies being developed in the smart buildings space. We have seen a wave of investment by real estate services firms into technology solutions in 2021 with […]

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