Smart control systems for building management started many years ago, when energy consumption and buildings’ operational trends were critical design factors for commercial and institutional projects.
Now, thinking systems for all building owners are making even private dwellings a market for code-minimum standards. For example, innovative firms in the US have designed systems to measure energy not consumed and times when valves are opened and closed, allowing a continuous record of operational history. This in turn gives the systems a type of ‘logic capability’ built on that history and the building conditions. In the future this finely granulated data on how a building ‘runs’ will add to the refinement of technology aimed at giving us ‘super-green’ buildings.
System costs may be an issue however – see what practising architects say about the pros and cons of BMS at www.architectmagazine.com/high-performance-building/managing-expectations.aspx?dfpzone=projects.technology