Now, let’s think about the buildings that contain the
art. How do they speak to you? Do they
contribute to your total experience in a positive way or negative way? Examples
of negative aspects certainly could be un-sustainable practices or materials,
or wasting too much energy or water, or even safety issues. Well. we
are on a mission to create smarter buildings using IT and communication technology
to help buildings transform in a more positive way.
we held the first IBM's Smarter
Buildings Forum at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York to announce new IBM Intelligent
Building Management that has incorporated over 2 years of development, research,
and best practices from internal and external customer pilots. Our first software solution designed for holistic
building management combines advanced analytics and automation software to
provide visibility of how buildings are operating including energy and space performance. We also highlighted three new
projects : Tulane University's School
of Architecture, IBM's campus in Minnesota and The
Metropolitan Museum of Art. For
details see museum news,
The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced the successful installation of a new IBM wireless environmental sensor network in the buildings called Low-Power Mote that will help preserve the works of art in its world-renowned, encyclopedic collection. This technology has recently been installed and is currently being tested at The Cloisters museum and gardens, the branch of the Metropolitan Museum devoted to the art and architecture of medieval Europe.
Of course you do not have to go to a
museum to see smarter buildings in action.
You can see it in IBM. From implementing this software within IBM Rochester we have already realized an additional 8 percent annual energy
savings. Our HQ building in Armonk, NY
has also become a showcase for smarter buildings.
As with any new idea or approach another logical collaborative partner is leading universities. IBM and Tulane University’s School of Architecture announced yesterday that they have also implemented IBM’s new software to aid in rebuilding its campus, which sustained $700 million of damage from Hurricane Katrina, and the community at large in more environmentally sustainable ways. Tulane’s architecture students are involved in the IBM Tulane Smarter Building project (see video) learning new techniques that will allow historic buildings to be more easily adapted for modern use.
Why is IBM focusing on making buildings more energy efficient and smarter?
Buildings consume 42 percent of all energy worldwide; energy costs represent about 30 percent of a building’s total operating cost. By 2025, buildings will be the number one consumer of energy in the world. IBM sees a tremendous opportunity to help organizations transform their building into more energy efficient structures. Smarter Buildings is easily a $3 billion extension for IBM hardware, software and services. Some analysts see the market for IT-enabled buildings automation at more than $30 billion by 2015. IBM sees sustainable buildings and enterprises as a strong market expansion for our company and is creating the partner ecosystem and product offerings to excel.
What IBM expertise can you apply to buildings?
IBM analytics and data automation expertise can play a vital role in helping organizations “listen” and make sense of the data being generated from a building’s operations such as lighting, heating, air conditioning, manufacturing and computer usage. Analytics can flag outlying behavior such as the concurrent use of heating and air conditioning, or the use of heat when the external temperature was over 70 degrees. Analytics can even help pinpoint mechanical malfunctions causing inefficiencies in equipment, such as an air handling unit working overtime, which upon examination revealed a hole in a fan that needs to be replaced.
IBM’s business strategy in smarter buildings has been to extend key partnerships with building automation vendors, acquire needed IP and extend our analytics and data R&D into buildings. In March 2011, IBM acquired privately-owned TRIRIGA to add real-estate portfolio management and analysis of utility costs and carbon management.