An increasing amount of technology in buildings requires smart decisions from the very beginning

Have you ever thought how much technology the buildings around you hold inside? In new buildings, most of the technology is not even visible but cleverly hidden in the building structures and elements. In fact, technology in buildings currently accounts for 40−60% of the building costs, and the estimation is that its share will even increase in the future. This sets high demands for building systems integration and automation.

Having a lot of expensive technology in place does not yet make a building perform perfectly. For the optimal functioning of any building we need systems integration and automation.  With sensors, measurements, diagnostics and monitoring ordinary systems become intelligent.  Digitalisation enables the steering of the building during its entire life cycle. 

The integration of  intelligent solutions with the functionality of a building improves the possibilities to conduct business even better. Real-time data from the building’s operations can be turned into smart decisions when it comes to energy usage and cost-efficiency. The maintenance  of the building becomes need-based instead of calendar-based, it goes from passive to active and even PRO-active!

One of the most important things is how the  building functions in an optimal way 24/7/365. How the energy costs can be kept under control, and how can they be adapted if the purpose of the building changes in the years to come.

Minor increase in building technology investments brings long-term value

Increasing the level of automation should be one of the first actions to improve the energy efficiency of every building or building complexes. It is possible to gain energy savings of up to 30% with effective automation, advanced building technology and managed service. All this can be implemented in existing buildings as well! Generally, invests in automation are about 1% of the total cost of the building. If we increase this to 2% then remote control and monitoring can be enabled for whole lifetime of the building.

Information yielded by buildings and their users can create new business and revenue generation models. 

Managing people flows and understanding the ultimate purpose of the building

I believe that digitalisation plays a key role in managing people flows and communications in the future. The purpose of a building is changing. Buildings - such as schools, shopping centres, and hospitals  - no longer serve only one purpose but they can serve several needs of multiple users. In the future, we will see more and more …integrations between the needs of the users and service providers.. 

Smartly designed integrated and intelligent solutions are crucial in order  to identify the needs of the users in buildings as well as to guarantee building functionality and an optimal environment with real-time data and proactive remote control.

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Heikki Oksa
Business area manager, Automation solutions, Caverion Finland