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Is there a definition for an Intelligent building? What exactly do you mean by an intelligent building? This question must have crossed your mind at least once. A simple explanation would be a building wherein the users can enjoy the maximum effectiveness and have an efficient operation of the building as it is built using a combination of smart technology which enables all the systems involved to work efficiently and be cost-effective at the same time. Intelligent buildings offer options for reconfiguration of space for future alterations.
There is a huge demand for Intelligent building consultants as more people are becoming aware of the necessity to live in or work at an Intelligent building. Every responsible builder and owner face great pressure to provide an effective building management system. They can do so only by identifying all problem areas and adopting systems that enable maximum and improved operational as well as energy efficiency in a cost-effective manner.
Features Which Help Define An Intelligent building
- An optimal interrelationship between the system, management of resources, structure, and service provided to users.
- Integrated use of latest technology and system
- Enables reconfiguration of space
- Optimal operational efficiency
- Ease in access by occupants to facilities management tools from any place
- Capacity to reconfigure security systems as per the requirement of multiple occupants
- Common infrastructure for all systems like HVAC, security network, video surveillance, remote access control, lighting, and electrical backup, wi-fi connectivity, etc.
Benefits of an Intelligent building
The intelligent building provides both the owner and the tenant various benefits.
To the owner
The owner is satisfied with the operational efficiencies as it reduces loss and increases cost savings. They can reduce the operating and maintenance costs which would come to huge amounts over the lifetime of a building using smarter technological combinations. There is an immense opportunity for an increase in revenue.
The owner has anytime access to solid data for maintaining the building. Improved staff productivity is assured. There is a remarkable reduction in capital expenditure. The owner can generate more revenue as he is fully eligible to ask for higher rents for providing all facilities. The reliability of the owner increases as tenants will spread the word regarding features of the building like unified communication, physical security, and network connections. The owner gets tenants who will also stick around more for longer periods. Hence there are lesser chances of the need to advertise for and search out for new tenants year after year.
To the tenant
The tenant gets a cost-effective building that is safe and flexible to suit his changing demands. They can enjoy enhanced services at a lesser cost. At the same time, the tenant is assured there is no compromise on the quality. The tenant can use interconnecting facilities. He can have access to real-time data too. Tenants can make full use of and have control over the office management. They enjoy on-demand lighting, good air quality, secure parking facilities.
Most families enjoy the sight of kids playing around in a safe and secure environment while they can attend to their normal routine. The Intelligent building will have the provision for outdoor and indoor play areas which is a huge plus point for family-oriented tenants. The integrated control systems of such buildings help them to save time and energy.
Many international manufacturers are adopting the KNX standard for building automation. Moreover, the installation of KNX certified products results in major energy savings which come to almost 60%. Due to its open OSI-based network communications protocol, KNX can be linked to any BMS. KNX helps to achieve control over every area of the building. Hence most of the builders are choosing KNX to integrate systems in an intelligent building.
Barriers faced when constructing an Intelligent Building
There are tenants who hesitate to adopt such advanced technology. They may prefer old systems in spite of hearing the advantages. The price of installation and maintenance of an intelligent building may surely be more than a normal building. This causes confusion within tenants.
However other than this, it is always wise to invest in an intelligent building as it will definitely prove to be a great asset.