Commercial customers accounted for 44% of the total energy savings due to energy-efficient programs in 2020. Keep reading if you’re looking for ways your business can become more environmentally accountable.
This guide will show you how smart building technology can operate as Greentech to conserve energy and promote savings in your business. From IoT devices to building security, smart building technology can reduce your carbon footprint.
The benefits of smart building technology for Greentech
Greentech is designed to mitigate or undo human technology’s effects on the environment. Your building security and smart building technology can be modified and leveraged to act as Greentech, saving your business money and the planet.
Here, we will discuss the benefits of smart building technology for Greentech and the route you can take to establish a fully-integrated, smart building with security technology.
What is smart building technology?
Smart building technology is a technology that is connected to the IoT (internet of things) and uses AI and analytics to provide a more innovative service that analyses where you can make improvements.
If you wish to establish a smart building using technology, then you should start with access control. Touchless access control is an excellent base from which to build a fully-integrated and smart building.
Touchless access control is a cloud-based technology with open API integrations, allowing you to enhance the function of your access control system easily. Cloud-based technology is convenient for system administrators as it offers remote capabilities. System administrators can view security information and lock and unlock doors from a mobile application or cloud-based control centre – this allows for easy use and fast response to alerts and triggers.
Innovative intercom systems integrate video technology and touchless access control in a single device. The intercom system comes with built-in touchless access control, high-definition video, and voice recognition, which helps implement multi-factor authentication at your building’s entrance. Installing a video intercom system at your building’s entry points and internal smart door locks throughout your facility will help create a platform you can build using software integrations – which will help you use smart building technology.
Space utilisation and optimisation
Once you have established a smart building security system, you can install software to enhance the function of your security tools. If you’re looking to optimise the utility of your spaces, you should consider investing in occupancy management software.
Occupancy management software integrates smart door locks, building sensors, and access control to provide detailed and accurate logs of your building’s occupancy levels.
When a room is unoccupied, you can use your occupancy management system to establish triggers that will turn off HVAC systems in the room to conserve energy. When a user enters the room, the system will switch on the HVAC system again. Occupancy management is integral to establishing building management triggers that conserve energy in your facility.
Integrated building management
An integrated and cloud-based security system can ensure that all security information is visible on one interface. If analytics and AI are applied to this data, you can establish security alerts that enable a faster response from your security staff.
Your video surveillance system can be enhanced using AI. Security staff will likely be unable to monitor the video feed consistently. A large facility will require many screens to display the video feed, which would be inefficient. Your security staff will be unable to monitor the screens continuously, even if stationed in the office. So, they are likely to miss security threats detected on your camera system.
Analytics can help to resolve this issue. If a threat is detected, this will trigger an alert to notify your security team, who will be able to respond quickly and potentially prevent an incident. Smarter security technology helps to keep your building secure and reduce wasted energy.
Smart building IoT sensors
Smart building IoT sensors can detect occupancy trends and motion to trigger building management actions. You can use IoT sensors to operate the following appliances in your building and conserve energy:
- Heating and cooling – your company could save significant money by switching off heating and cooling appliances when rooms and spaces are not in use. Automating these building management triggers will be effortless to conserve energy and save money.
- Lighting – lighting your building when it is not in use will increase your monthly overheads and increase your carbon footprint. So, consider establishing building management triggers for lighting when rooms are unoccupied.
- Electricity – If you can switch off the mains outlet to a room when it is unoccupied, you will be switching off the fans, stand-by lights, and screens of any devices in that room to conserve energy.
If you’re considering making your daily building operations greener and reducing your building’s carbon footprint, then you should consider investing in smart building technology. Smart building technology can help you to establish building management triggers based on occupancy levels to conserve energy, and it can help you to enhance the function of your building security investments.