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What is an Intelligent Building?

Understanding how intelligent buildings work

 intelligent buildingThe concept of an “intelligent building” has been around for more than 30 years, and we still do not have a single agreed-upon definition. While the meaning of what constitutes an intelligent building is continually evolving, the following is a good working definition: An intelligent building uses the latest technology and processes to operate as safely and efficiently as possible. Intelligent buildings are designed to be energy-efficient, environmentally friendly, and provide the optimal environment for their occupants. As a result, these buildings have lower operational costs and offer considerable benefits for owners and occupants.

Designing an intelligent building

Intelligent building design ideally begins at the planning stage but e intelligent buildingsxisting structures can be retrofit to bring them in line with intelligent design principles. To achieve the desired energy efficiency and level of environmental control, intelligent buildings must be responsive and adjust to changing conditions and occupant actions. Hardware such as occupancy sensors, motion detectors, CCTV cameras, and RFID scanners are placed throughout the building and surrounding area to provide information on changing conditions. All of the building´s environmental and electrical systems are linked into a single network so they can exchange information and work together to achieve optimum efficiency.

How intelligent buildings work

The various occupancy sensors in an intelligent building register changing conditions, such as occupants leaving or entering an area. Sensors also monitor environmental conditions including temperature, indoor air quality, energy usage, etc. Building automation systems then take appropriate action as needed, such as turning off the HVAC and lighting in unoccupied areas, adjusting airflow to vent excess CO2, or alerting appropriate authorities of security breaches. Intelligent buildings are able to operate at peak efficiency this way, without wasting energy in unoccupied areas.

Interfacing with intelligent buildings

The latest intelligent buildings use web and cloud based technology to interface with the various building systems. Building owners and managers can remotely access an intelligent building’s systems through browser-based software via a smartphone, PDA, tablet, or computer. From anywhere in the world that has internet access, owners can monitor their property and environs and make any necessary changes to their building management solution.

The future of intelligent buildings

Who knows what the future will bring to intelligent building technology? Cloud-based technology continues to develop at a rapid pace, and cloud-based building management services have begun to appear as the next evolutionary step in intelligent buildings. These cloud-based management services have the potential to streamline intelligent building management systems so they are more economical and readily available. Building owners would simply install the necessary hardware in their structures, such as lighting, HVAC, security, and energy management systems. They could then access cloud-based building management services on a subscription basis, choosing only the specific services they need.

As intelligent building technology evolves, Advanced Control Corporation will continue to incorporate the latest technology to provide the most innovative building systems to meet our clients’ building control needs. Contact Advanced today at 954-491-6660 to learn how an intelligent building management system can transform your building to make it more secure, comfortable, and highly energy efficient.

Green Energy Business Ideas: Using Green Energy to Power Your Business

Upgrade your business and equipment with smart green energy solutions from Advanced Control 

Green energyGreen Energy Business Ideas has become the new standard for operating a business that is energy efficient, cost effective and environmentally safe. There are increasing amounts of new green products and services available as the industry grows in leaps and bounds. Learning about different types of green energy for your business will help save you money on utilities and operating costs, and also help to sustain the life of each individual system within your operation. Continue reading

Green Jobs in Energy Management

Green jobs in the energy management industry are growing in numbers

Green Jobs in Energy ManagementThere is an upswing of green jobs in energy management since the enactment of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Green career training and jobs are growing in the public, private and non-profit sectors for green energy with a range from entry-level to professional positions. The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) offers student internship programs for such fields as solar and fuel cells, atmospheric sciences, global carbon cycles, energy efficiency, climatology and more. Information regarding the internships can be found on the U.S. Department of Energy’s website. Continue reading

Miami Building Automation Solutions

Run a Safer, More Efficient Operation with Miami Building Automation Solutions

 Building Automation Solutions in MiamiAs a business owner or manager, your company’s structure, property and IT data could be at risk of damage or theft without a Miami building automation solutions system. When you integrate a fully automated system into your existing structure or multiple sites, you are taking the first necessary step toward securing your company assets. Advanced Control Corporation has helped many businesses incorporate a smart and effective security strategy to safeguard against damage, loss, theft and criminal activity. Securing your business with a building management system can deter criminal misdeeds, break-ins, tampering and employee theft. By closing wormholes, portals and access points you will be reducing security risks at every level of your business operation. While keeping your assets secure, an intelligent business management strategy will also protect employees and visitors on your company’s property. Continue reading

How Installing a Commercial Lighting Control System Can Save Your Company in Utilities

Increase safety and cut costs with a building lighting control system from Advanced Control

commercial lighting controlAs a business owner or manager, you know the importance of eliminating unnecessary operating expenses. By incorporating the right equipment into your building’s automation system, you will be able to manage and control your building’s energy output. This will enable you to cut costs while also providing security protection for your employees and all other building occupants. Advanced Control Corporation can show you how installing a commercial lighting control system can save your company in utilities costs, and provide you with extra benefits as well. We can help you integrate a commercial lighting control system into your current operation or create a system for new construction. Authorized personnel will have a full range of control to monitor and manage the lighting system within every area of your building. This leverage will provide your company with lower utility bills and also provide each building area with adequate lighting for security purposes. Continue reading

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