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Part 5: Pick Low-Hanging Fruit To Make An Existing Building Smarter
By Kurt Karnatz, Robert Knight, and Rick Szcodronski
September 2014 -
Pick the low hanging fruit: These seven steps can make any existing building smarter.
Once the fundamentals of a smart building are in place, the next step is for the building to take the leap towards intelligence. An intelligent building will take all of the information from its smart building components and analyze, package, and distribute the data automatically with the goal of continuous and automatic improvement. This will make the building an adaptive, "living" organism, able to react and change gears automatically as needed without human intervention. This will promote content-driven behavioral change by optimizing the building in an integrated way. The smartest buildings of today will surely have a head start on becoming tomorrow's most intelligent facilities.
Kurt Karnatz (email@example.com) is president, Environmental Systems Design, Inc., Chicago. Robert Knight (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a senior associate and Rick Szcodronski (email@example.com) is a senior associate, technology consulting, with the firm.
Part 1: What Does “Intelligent Building” Mean Today?
Part 2: Taking The First Steps Toward Intelligent Buildings
Part 3: How To Develop Realistic Smart-Building Goals And Timeline
Part 4: Tips For Designing And Implementing A Smart Building System