December 18, 2017

Smart approaches to modernise the older buildings

older buildingEarlier we have discussed the need for Building management systems for the older buildings in the article Need for Building Management Systems. In today’s article let us take it further and analyze the smart approaches towards modernizing of these older buildings in a smart and intelligent way.

Many times builders are well aware of tenants expectations with their buildings, high costs of maintaining older buildings. However, they find it difficult to where to start from.

Through this article, I can recommend these builders a smart an intelligent way of modernizing these older buildings.

Discussed below is the smart approach towards modernizing of building:

  • Preventive and Proactive maintenance:

The buildings can be made future-proof by predictive and preventative maintenance approach. This approach will offer more lifespan of the building and the system and will also save the costs.

The preventive approach suggests instead of waiting for reactive measures like repairs, go for proactive maintenance. This will reduce building’s maintenance and energy costs by up to 20%.

The benefits of the proactive approach, according to the survey, are facilities can achieve benefits such as a 10x return on investment; 25-35% reduction in maintenance costs; 70-75% fewer breakdowns; 35-45% reduction in downtime; and 20-25% increase in production.

  • Space Utilization:

Today’s advancement in technology can aid the owners of the buildings to manage the space and operations in the more cost-effective way. Consider smart room controllers, to justify, they can replace standard thermostats and easily be connected wirelessly to occupancy and door sensors to track space usage. In today’s world where the population is growing at a high speed and land prices soaring, every builder would dream to make optimum utilization of the available land.

Especially, in the educational buildings with ever increasing e-learning opportunities decreases on-campus population. Better space allocation can lower operating costs and improve the overall function of a campus.

  • Integrating IT and communication systems: 

According to recent survey’s, integrating information technology and operational technology is one of the biggest aspects that is impacting businesses all over. 43% believe that it will help them reduce cost.

A control system that can communicate through an IP backbone and built upon the architecture of open standards can enable energy and operational cost savings. They can also accommodate future technologies as they won’t need any major changes to adopt new technology. Such buildings can even accommodate innovative interactive solutions for training, learning, whiteboarding, and video conferencing, that can extend collaboration globally beyond the walls of a facility.

Moreover, an innovative technology infrastructure even offers greater support for building owners and managers. Integrated systems and advanced analytics, along with the automation of processes, streamlined operations, and intelligent use of data is a major step toward building a smart facility.

  • Energy Management

Commercial buildings, hotels, and campuses can save costs by improving their energy usage. Efficient energy management can reduce their energy bills by 7% over three years. This indicates that for a 500,000-square-foot office building, there is a cumulative cost saving of $120,000, this would provide an increase in asset value of over $1 million.

These are the simple but smart and intelligent way of managing older buildings in order to fulfill the needs and demands of tenants in a cost-effective manner.

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