One of the current industry buzz phrases is ‘Smart Building’. So what is a Smart Building and what can it offer?
Many buildings already incorporate automatic systems which respond to occupancy, natural light, air quality etc. These systems usually monitor and report their status, but cross-system integration has been elusive over the years and systems still tend to be ‘stand-alone’.
There are no set ‘Smart Building’ standards as yet, but an emerging consensus is that a ‘Smart Building’ should be able to:
To achieve all of this, one approach is to target a high-level of coordination and interface between the various building systems, in addition to good digital connectivity. This requires coordination between the client, landlord, design team, facilities management and end-user throughout the design and construction stages of a project. However, integration can lead to complexity, cost and operational problems if the systems do not communicate seamlessly. Providing an overarching information system to report to owners and occupants can be a way of avoiding the pitfalls of attempting to integrate disparate systems.
An accreditation standard can often be a useful tool for design coordination and interface, as well as providing marketing opportunities. Whilst previously there were no formal certification schemes for a Smart Building, several schemes are now emerging. ‘SmartScore’ is one such scheme offered by WiredScore – a US-based company which offers certification for digital connectivity. It has recently launched ‘SmartScore’ as a certification scheme for user functionality and technological solutions, the core of a Smart Building. SmartScore has been rolled out to over 70 developments worldwide, including a large number in the UK.
If you are interested in Smart Buildings, digital connectivity and/or getting your building certified by SmartScore, please contact our Smart Building Champion firstname.lastname@example.org for further information