Over the last few years, talk of smart buildings has become commonplace. But what defines a smart building? Martin Schreiber, Product Manager at Sontay, explores the fundamental requirements for a smart building and the role of sensors in making them a reality.
What is smart and what is a smart building? According to the 2nd Technical Support Study on the Smart Readiness Indicator (SRI) For Buildings report*, the working-definition of the smartness of a building refers to “the ability of a building or its systems to sense, interpret, communicate and actively respond in an efficient manner to changing conditions in relation to the operation of technical building systems or the external environment (including energy grids) and to demands from building occupants.”
The key word that stands out for me in this explanation is ‘sense’. A smart building would be nothing without the variety of sensors that monitor and analyse environmental conditions on a day to day basis, then provide that information to the building control system. Sensors are constantly working, providing valuable data back to the control system but how can they help create smarter buildings?