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Network-based intelligent buildings for smart cities

Smart cities are growing in popularity all around the world. A smart city is built up of several elements among which network-based intelligent buildings are most important. You can call them by any name- smart building, intelligent building, online building- they serve as the main building blocks of any smart city.

What is a Smart Building?

Intelligent buildings bring together multi-disciplinary efforts in a bid to optimize and integrate building structures, systems, management and services- so that you can create a productive, cost-effective and environmentally acceptable space for the occupants. A smart building is essentially an efficient combination of the environment and the occupants.

So what type of buildings can you make intelligent?

Well, you can think of any building in a city and we can turn it into an intelligent building. Smart buildings can be single family homes, apartments, villas, schools, museums, university campuses, malls, and more! In fact, we can design any building to integrate smart objects and systems, which interacts ubiquitously with the occupants or visitors.

Intelligent buildings create comfortable and efficient living and working areas for offices and homes. Businesses can develop smart retail environments enhancing their quality and service to customers.

Smart buildings designed by New York Engineers pave the way for the success of your smart city project. You can shape your vision through our unparallel innovation and use of advanced technology for seamless integration. Our intelligent buildings lay the foundation for your smart city and help it take flight!

Technologies Used in Intelligent Buildings

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A smart building uses various technologies to create a healthy and safe space for the occupants. Some of the general technologies include communication network, use of linking sensors, smart appliances and other electric and electronic devices.

For the technical ones, here's a brief list of building technologies we use :

  • Building automation system and controls
  • HVAC equipment and controls
  • Lighting equipment and controls
  • Fire and life safety
  • Home automation
  • Energy management system and services
  • Integrated facilities management
  • Remote monitoring system
  • Indoor air quality monitoring system
  • Web accessible control systems
  • Integration of building security system with building automation

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Smart Buildings Are The Foundation Of Smart Cities

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The Features of a Smart Building

Smart or intelligent buildings are the foundation of any smart city. You can never imagine a smart city without its online buildings, which play a crucial role in performance and energy-savings. A smart building uses a plethora of sensors to track performance and interact with other buildings in the smart city.

So what are the features that make a building smart? Let's find out!

  1. Energy and Sustainability

Energy efficiency is important for any building as they account for 70% energy consumption in urban cities, emitting 30% of greenhouse gases. Smart buildings use sensors to track energy consumption and increase efficiency through constant monitoring of supply and demand.

The buildings are connected to the main grid of the smart city and can learn about the resident's energy needs. By tracking data and syncing with the main grid, online buildings can also respond to weather and occupancy changes and automatically adjust for maximum efficiency.

For example, sensors of a smart building can understand when a room is empty. The data is transmitted to the lighting system which cuts down the resources in the vacant spaces, reducing waste and increasing efficiency.

Each building also uses its own microgrid and connects with the main grid to balance supply fluctuations and bring down overall energy demand.

The data and insights produced by smart buildings can cut down energy consumption and aid in climate and sustainability objectives. As a result, they can facilitate management and improve public health.

  1. Optimized HVAC Solutions

Web-enabled smart buildings use advanced software to optimize HVAC systems. The software can maintain a set temperature by automatically controlling the speed of fans and pumps, water flow, opening of airways and so on. This is crucial as heating and cooling can make up 1/3 of the total water consumption of the building.

For example, a 200,000 square feet building with normal HVAC can use 2,000 tons of cooling power around the clock. When you install a network-based HVAC which automatically determines the most efficient ways to ventilate, heat and cool, you can save at least 350,000 gallons of water each year.

Automated HVAC maximizes the performance of the whole building, achieving significant carbon dioxide reduction. A 2-million square feet building can reduce as much as 3,000 tons of CO2 annually.

  1. Smart Sensors

For buildings to fit into smart cities, they must be able to discern what's happening in the environment (both outside and inside of the building). The intelligent buildings are fitted with numerous sensors which act just like human senses.

Using the sensors the building can determine the temperature, occupancy of an apartment, CO2 levels, light intensity, noise levels and so on. The sensors are also able to detect gas leaks, water leaks and other hazards at the right time to minimize damages and waste.

The sensors are integrated with devices and actuators which can control various aspects of the building such as lighting, heating, entertainment systems, air conditioning and other engineering systems. This enables a building to change its state smartly in response to various drivers.

  1. Advanced Software

Online buildings use sensors and meters to collect raw data. But to make use of the data, it needs an advanced software. All smart buildings operate through a software which helps it to gather useful information and learn from it. The software also helps the building to make decisions and predict upcoming environmental and people activities.

The software makes use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning to enable buildings manage themselves efficiently without the need for human intervention.

  1. Connectivity

You will need a communication network to operate the building as a whole. Smart buildings are connected through a communication network or internet which works as the nervous system of the property. The network connects all the sensors and devices with the AI-capable software and facilitates the transfer of information and data.

The network is the basis of Internet of Things (IoT) which connects and syncs all the engineering systems, voice, data, digital signage and more in the building. IoT uses internet to create integrated smart buildings in an economical manner and support the intelligent features. The network enables human-to-machine and machine-to-machine communication in the building through wireless connectivity.

Different buildings in a smart city can connect to each other using cloud platforms to create smart grid infrastructure. The infrastructure is responsible for coordination between the buildings, schools, hospitals, stores, homes- enabling you to run smart cities efficiently and intelligently.

  1. Enhanced Building Security

Online buildings use their network-based systems to heighten building security. You can automate various aspects like visitor check-in without the need of any human representative.

For example, it is possible to carry our visitor registration directly from your email client. The visitors directly get the barcodes emailed to them which they can use for automated check-ins.

Smart buildings also use security protocols like wireless intrusion detection system. You can automate the security of spaces during off-hours using a range of motion sensors and mobile applications. Any moment an employee steps in the office during off-hours, you can know who has arrived using the access control systems.

Smart buildings can also reduce the cost of security operations. A single security guard can keep an eye on who's in the building, remotely lock and unlock doors and control security functions. You don't need to employ multiple guards to do the rounds.

  1. Fire and Safety

Network-based buildings have advance fire systems which work on a preventive approach. The sensors are able to detect fires the moment they start and automatically turn on the sprinklers. You can also run automated functional checks for disaster management.

  1. Remotely Controlled Appliances

For any business with large scale business operations, network-based refrigerator system with sensors are a major boon. They make operations convenient and also bring down your cost. You can safeguard yourself against major losses that come with rotten or unusable products.

The freezer systems can monitor temperatures with remote reporting on energy consumption, humidity, ambient temperature, light and more. Medical facilities can also take advantage of the remote monitoring of cooling devices. 

With IoT you can also control your building lighting, ventilation and more through mobile apps. You don't always need to be around to know what's going on in your home!

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The Benefits of Intelligent Buildings

Smart buildings bring a plethora of benefits for its occupants, owners, building managers and the environment. It's not surprising that intelligent buildings have a strong demand even when they are not located in smart cities. Let's take a look at some of the benefits offered by online buildings-

High Efficiency

One of the most important benefits of smart buildings is energy efficiency. Most buildings spend a substantial amount of money on energy use as a part of their operating expenses. The amount can be as much as one-third of the total operating budget.

Smart buildings optimize energy by gaining control over the internal or external conditions. They monitor energy use to ensure optimum consumption at all times. As a result, you can enjoy higher efficiency and lower costs using the smart systems.

Lower Consumption

Greater efficiency automatically translates to lower consumption. Through optimized systems like HVAC and balancing of grid power, you can cut down energy consumption by 30% to 35%. Intelligent buildings may also use renewable sources of energy to further lower consumption of conventional energy.

You can always expect a significant return on investment by going for an intelligent building.

Accurate Audits

The sensors in smart buildings monitor energy parameters in real-time round the clock. Building managers can use the data to analyze and improve energy optimization. The data is stored centrally and available for energy audits. You can get accurate information on consumption and spending patterns, making way for more efficient audits.

Improved Facility Operations

Smart buildings operate in an energy-efficient manner to reduce your costs. They offer extended structural and operational lifecycle compared to regular buildings. You can also leverage the data collected by the systems to run your facility more efficiently.

Enhanced Building Management

The centralized data and automated systems reduce the headaches of building managers to a great extent. You can improve the performance value of your building through the precision-integrated systems.

Building operations are also simplified, as you don't need to manage the operation of multiple independent systems.

Predictive Maintenance

Sensors used in online buildings can assess the technical performance of systems in real-time. If the sensors detect any malfunctions, they can automatically run maintenance procedures even before sounding an alert. You can detect issues instantly, and use the data to diagnose and repair the equipments.

Why Choose New York Engineers

We have been using an intelligent approach and technologies to design buildings even when nobody knew about smart buildings. Our team uses integrated design and technology experts to help you create intelligent, digital buildings. We tailor our strategy to meet the digital goals of our clients and integrate our buildings to the rest of your smart city.

Our smart building designs always aim to create the best built environment for a sustainable and interconnected future. We stay on top of the ever-changing construction trends, so that we can offer the latest in terms of technological advances and smart solutions.

New York Engineers always looks forward to designing buildings that are secure and safe, use reduced energy, provide more comfort, cost less to run and are more healthy and productive.

A smart city cannot thrive unless its buildings are smart! Contact us today to find out more about our intelligent building design process.

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