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3 Reasons To Switch To Smart Building Automation

Published on: June 08, 2022

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Building automation is about so much more than your thermostat. Future-proof your facility and make better choices for the planet with smart building solutions. 

Building automation is about so much more than your thermostat. Future-proof your facility and make better choices for the planet with smart building solutions. 

Maybe you’ve heard the term “smart building” or something similar and wondered what the fuss is about. Well, it’s about more than putting your lights on a timer. Building automation is better for the environment while saving time and money for your business.


What is a smart building?

A smart building uses building automation systems for your building to run efficiently. Sensors, artificial intelligence and other components come together to link the inner workings of your building, from HVAC controls and electricity to lighting and security systems. When these elements (and more) have been retrofitted to your building, the system will automatically adjust temperature, lighting, manage security systems and more. This integrated system is more efficient, easier to troubleshoot and is the type of “set it and forget it” technology that’s simple to manage.


Reasons to Make the Switch

1. It’s better for the environment

There’s no way around it — our world is changing. Buildings are large, use a lot of energy and are also fundamental to our way of life. By retrofitting your commercial building, you make it more energy efficient, reducing overall energy use. Some examples of automation efficiency include:

  • Lighting automation
  • Daylight harvesting (to maximise the use of natural light)
  • Heating and cooling automation to regulate temperature and airflow automatically
  • Reduce energy usage during off hours

This only scratches the surface of how automating your building can reduce your carbon footprint.


2. Automation will save you money

A really nice benefit of reducing your energy use is saving money. But it’s more than just turning off the lights and lowering the heat. When you go for building automation solutions, data collection and metre reading are improved, resulting in more accurate billing and quicker detection when something is off. That means you’re not paying for any wasted energy.

You’ll also reduce maintenance costs with early detection and non-intrusive diagnostic processes. Pinpointing issues quickly also allows you to prioritize upgrades and repairs to your building.


3. You’ll be an industry leader

By retrofitting your building and creating an environmentally friendly, comfortable space, your business is leading by example. Deloitte’s 2022 Gen Z and Millennial Survey found that protecting the environment was a top priority for those younger generations, who expect businesses and their employers to do the same yet less than 20% of Gen Z and millennials actually believe their employers are committed to environmental responsibility. Actions speak louder than words.


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