Smart Control Systems: Key To High-performance Buildings.
Smart controls is a set of communication technologies enabling different objects, sensors and functions within a building to communicate and interact with each other, allowing it to be managed, controlled and automated in a remote way.
Buildings save energy by automating controls and optimizing systems. Truth is, an upgrade to a single component or isolated system can result in energy savings of 5–15%. Hence, a smart building with integrated control systems can realize 30–50% savings in existing buildings that are otherwise inefficient. This concept of smart buildings attracts the ecosystem aiming to replace the traditional building management system. Regulatory bodies try to encourage the adoption of smart controls in buildings, while real estate developers are increasingly taking a key role in the adoption of the technology — mainly attracted by the potential in terms of, to a large extent, energy efficiency; subsequently, safety and security efficiency; as well as, comfort and productivity of occupants. Implementation of smart controls help properties to be valued higher.
Examples of smart controls are:
(i) Energy management by new technologies. Helps in reducing the use of electricity consumption within households and building facilities. Lights can be activated/deactivated, HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) systems and any appliances can be placed in energy-saving mode
through digital communication with equipment like smart windows or presence detectors in an automatic way, real time, or remotely.
Or, (ii) Secure access control, where authentication of authorised persons, detection of any irregular intrusion and alert an emergency centre if needed. Not forgetting, monitoring service warning if something abnormal happens such as a fire. Modern consumers and businesses are ready to pay for more security and peace of mind.
And even, (iii) Wellness and productivity. Smart solutions help to improve environment of occupants by providing thermal comfort or by monitoring indicators such as air quality or humidity, which can be highly critical in some cases.
Basically, smart controls provide advanced functionality through a computerized intelligent network of electronic devices designed to monitor and control the mechanical; electrical; lighting and other systems in a building. Supporting smarter ways of operations at a better cost.
These set of systems are critical to the operation of high-performance buildings. URBAN RENEWABLES will deploy an intensive implementation of smart controllers, smart management systems and smart appliances at building level in cities we venture into.