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White Paper —Improving Performance with Integrated Smart Buildings

April 19, 2012

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Smart buildings exist today. They are increasingly valuable for both facility executives and the overall organization. Smart building strategies can reduce energy costs, increase the productivity of the facility staff, improve building operations, support sustainability efforts and enhance decision making across the organization.

The key to a smart building is integration: linking building systems together and then connecting the building automation system to enterprise systems. Integration is enabling facility executives to reap smart-building benefits, both in new construction and also by gradually transforming existing buildings into smart buildings.

Many buildings currently have the capability to become smart buildings. But facility executives often fail to take advantage of those capabilities, not realizing that the advanced technology in their building systems is a platform for a smart building.

This white paper takes an in-depth look at smart building capabilities being implemented today, and shows facility executives options they can consider to make their own buildings smarter.

The white paper examines:

  • What makes a smart building
  • Smart-building strategies being used by specific buildings
  • Benefits of integration
  • How existing buildings are using integration to become smarter
  • Challenges to creating smart buildings


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