Since being introduced to the commercial building space, I have been witness to one recurring theme: Smart Buildings that, frankly, are just not that smart. More often than not, I come across many “Smart Building” with many “green marketing banners” that have no concept of intelligence and wildly inefficient. I come from the world of Enterprise-level Business Intelligence systems for Supply Chain, Finance, Healthcare, IT and many others. In those worlds, it’s all about information, efficiency and technology. Cloud-Based analytics technologies that collect real-time data and provide actionable insight that leads to operational/technical efficiencies are just the basics. Over and over I come across different opinions of how the commercial building is now a “Smart Building”. To summarize my findings, here is a short list of identifiers that are fooling the executives into believing their buildings are “smart”.
1. You rely solely on your Building Management System to gain insight into operational efficiency.
2. Leveraging on premise management tools and not harnessing the analytical power in the cloud.
3. You still rely on Commissioning and Retro-Commissioning engagements.
4. Your Director of Engineering does not embrace or introduce new technology.
5. Your service contractor is often focused on providing the minimum required to meet maintenance and repair contracts.
6. The Director of IT or CIO is not engaged with Engineering or the energy team.
7. The CFO is not engaged with the energy/engineering team on sustainability initiatives for efficiency and cost cutting.
8. Your equipment, controls and service contractors believe the only way to gain efficiency is to replace old equipment.
9. You manage your facility through single sensors or meters points which = single points of failure.
10. You rely on reports that provide information, not actionable intelligence; real-time data collection equals real time analysis and energy savings.
Time to catch up to the rest of the industries.