Smarter buildings are more sustainable buildings.
Advances in smart-building technology enable the building sector to take advantage of automation, real-time monitoring and feedback, and data collection to optimize how buildings function, including making them more energy efficient and healthier for their occupants.
Smart-building technologies connected to HVAC systems, lighting and other building processes enable owners and operators to improve reliability, avoid wasting energy and maintain healthy and productive spaces. Smart buildings also can use external data, like weather forecasts and potential electricity demand spikes, to adjust building controls to maintain reliability and comfort.
Unlike conventional buildings, where different operational systems operate independently, smart buildings use technology to connect building systems together to improve the building’s performance holistically.
Increasingly, building owners ad product manufacturers are looking at smart-building technology as a critical tool in making sure that buildings perform to their highest potential. Congress can help speed the transformation of America’s buildings through research and by retrofitting federal facilities to be smart buildings.
NYSERDA discusses how the next generation of building technologies will use the Internet of Things (IoT) to create smarter buildings that cost less to operate and have greater comfort, appeal, and marketability.