Automation is More than Just Cutting Costs

March 11, 2014 at 3:01 pm  •  Posted in News  •  0 Comments

Smart building construction and technology is affordable and can be applied to a variety of property types, says Colin Dyer, president and ceo of Jones Lang LaSalle. Typically, smart building and technology investments can pay for themselves in 1-2 years, thanks to energy savings and other operational efficiencies.

These automated energy saving systems can also be used to improve security and system checks, in addition to reducing energy costs. State-of the art smart systems can detect when building equipment is close to failure, alerting building managers to issues before they even arise. Additionally, smart building systems can prevent full-scale system failures, a rather useful value for manufacturing facilities, trading floors, data centers, hospitals and laboratories.

Despite what some may think, operating a smart building really isn’t all that complicated. Often times, they are even easier to operate than those lacking an automation system. Some smart buildings even have the ability to integrate work-order management applications, translate equipment-repair and maintenance data into performance analytics – all while detecting any possible equipment issues.

Also contrary to popular belief, smart buildings aren’t required to be on a network of energy suppliers and users. Though smart building systems benefit from being support by advanced electrical grids, they can still receive a number of benefits from smart management and technology systems.

According to Dyer, smart building choices are a “no-brainer,” and as smart technologies become more and more affordable, so will the expectations for these smart features.

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