start with a definition. A smarter building:
has a life cycle managed comprehensively, in a sustainable manner, coordinating all aspects from design to demolition
is Holistically managed and optimized to integrate well with other buildings, smarter cities, and smarter systems (e.g., smart grid)
leverages technology and process for a safer, more productive, operationally efficient building
provides an improved set of user interface tools and sensors and actuators that monitor everything to create buildings that are:
– Cost effective for their owners and tenants
– Reducing energy and operational costs
– Maintaining high property value
– Operationally efficient
– Comfortable and productive for their occupants
– Safer and more secure
– Environmentally responsible for the planet
So what are some of the challenges we must tackle to make a building smarter?
– Property typically 2nd largest item on the balance sheet
– Operational expense – 50% of building life cycle cost, 'retrofit' – 25%
– Pressure to reduce cost now exacerbated by continued escalation of energy prices
– Building life cycles largely disjointed
– Siloed management of subsystems and assets
– Lacking end-to-end visualization, analytics and optimization
– Long term focus and flexibility
– New sustainability and carbon management mandates
– Better social and commercial alignment – cost, invest expectations, building function and flexibility, security, occupant productivity and health, environment and social impacts, are all considered collectively with a long-term focus
Globally, buildings consume 42% of all electricity, generating 15%
of electricity related green-house gases (
The cost of buildings is a significant element of most balance sheets, with property
management often being the second largest item after staff. Fifty percent of a buildings lifecycle cost is operational expense, with retrofitting buildings being the second biggest expense. Contrast that with construction which accounts for only 11%.
Life cycle cost plays a significant role as property owners and operators address the long-term efficiency of operations, construction processes and infrastructure. Too often we see companies invest in buildings, equipment and systems that underperform in 2-5 yrs. Each stage has different considerations when attempting to affect cost, which impacts overall building and asset life cycle costs.
Sustainable Management is designed to improve life cycle management, carbon data collection and analysis, ongoing asset maintenance, and all processes and systems used to support these activities.
All of these can be areas of waste and unnecessary greenhouse gas emissions because of poor planning and maintenance, inadequate energy management, and inefficiencies such as heating or cooling unused or underused space, lack of resources and technology, and inability to collect and analyze operational information.
Challenges include: Property carbon footprinting and audit, Travel carbon footprinting; Project-based travel, tracking and analysis; Sustainable property strategy; Workplace transformation; Sustainable property data management; Sustainable capital program management; Product and service lifecycle carbon analysis; Sustainable data center management
Today there are a number of key