Buildings are getting smarter. Today, materials have embedded technology that enable them to make decisions about how the building should operate more efficiently. Additionally, IoT (Internet of Things) platform allows a building manager to make decisions related to a building’s performance based on realtime data and insights. All of this is coming together to help create smarter buildings.Case in point: Kinestral Technologies, a provider of smart-tinting glass technologies, and AGC Glass, a manufacturer of flat glass, are working together and have formed a new joint companies—Halio North Americaand Halio Intl.For construction, this means new smart-tinting glass will help create indoor environments that are healthier, greener, and smarter. This particular glass leverages next-generation electrochromic technology. The tinting can also be fully automated and the automation can be overridden with several manual control options, including a mobile app, a wireless selector, and a desktop application.The smart-tinting glass can also integrate with a number of the building and home automation systems available today.While this is one example of how materials are evolving, a number of companies are introducing new applications designed specifically to improve operations performance management.One new example is ThoughtWire announced today the availability of five new applications to help both real estate owners and hospitals improve operations and offer better patient outcomes.With solutions such as this, building owners are able to leverage data from IoT devices and sensors to make more informed decisions and take action via mobile applications. Building managers can also reduce overall operating costs, improve energy efficiency, and increase the value of an asset.This is a trend that is growing in popularity and will be addressed at this year’s Constructech Technology Dayagenda, which will take place on August 23 in Arlington Heights, Ill.
From high-tech materials to IoT platforms, building are getting smarter—and it will help improve operation of a facility for the long term.
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New Standards for Greener Buildings
Green building is growing in popularity for many architects, designers, and construction professionals. Certifications and standards can help teams build more sustainable construction projects.Recently, HOK and BRE announced that they will Americanize the BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) New Construction Standard for the United States.BREEAM was initially developed in 1990 by BRE, a building science organization. It has more than two million registered projects and more than 560,000 certified buildings in 77 countries.BRE first introduced BREEAM In-Use for existing buildings to the U.S. market back in 2016 to provide a science-based sustainable certification and improvement solution. Now, it is bringing the new construction standard for public consultation.HOK is providing BRE with input and advice on the adaptation of the BREEAM New Construction standard for the American market, and HOK will being piloting the standard with U.S. new and existing clients starting this summer.While this is one new example for the U.S. market, standards in general provide construction teams with a tool to measure how a building is performing, ultimately enabling them to build structures with a greener footprint.The use of technology will also play a crucial role going forward in managing green standards and certifications. A previously spreadsheet-based process can now be managed through collaboration and documentation portals—which is a growing trend in the industry.Standards, collaboration, and green building will all be addressed at this year’s Constructech Technology Dayagenda, which will take place on August 23 in Arlington Heights, Ill.
As new standards take hold in the U.S. market, construction teams will be able to build more sustainable construction projects.
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The Next Generation of Smart Buildings
All across the globe, new buildings are being built that demonstrate how connected technologies will change the way people live and work. One new example of this is the Corning Optical Communications Headquarters in Charlotte, N.C.The company is designing a new facility to provide a wire-it-once infrastructure that addresses the need for reliable connectivity and bandwidth that is easy to manage. Corning recognizes that today’s workforce demands a smart, connected environment, and it is looking to deliver this in its new facility.Corning has partnered with Johnson Controls to incorporate building automation. This will allow systems to communicate on a single platform—including everything from security, to audio visual, to intelligent window glass, to Wi-Fi.The Corning solution will also make the network more efficient and easier to push composite fiber to the edge for all of the applications in a facility. This will provide the network infrastructure for delivering connected building technologies.Here’s where it gets interesting in terms of construction of the facility: A unique Technology Contracting approach from Johnson Controls will cut installation and lifecycle costs while creating an optimized building. Here Johnson acts as the single point for design, integration, installation, and service of the building’s technology. This will also ensure the building’s operations will be optimized before it is occupied—and long after.By engaging its partners early, Corning Optical Communications was able to leverage design-assist services to ensure that data-driven decisions were made early. The end result is better implementation of technology, sustainability, and operational objectives from concept to design and through construction.Want to tweet about this article? Use hashtags #construction #technology #connected #technologies #smart #buildings #Corning #security #window #glass #operations
The Road to Autonomous Vehicles in Construction
Today, there is a rising awareness of the need for greater road safety and to improve existing transportation performance. A combination of more vehicles on the road, high traffic congestion, and greater urbanization are all leading to the implementation of ITS (intelligent transportation systems).Construction companies will be tasked with helping build these new, intelligent transportation systems. Here’s a quick primer on what you need to know: Government is investing in new technologies that includes V2I (vehicle-to-infrastructure), V2V (vehicle-to-vehicle), V2M (vehicle-to-motorcycle), and even V2P (vehicle-to-pedestrian) technology.A few of the hurdles to adoption include: interoperability and standardization and the high cost of systems. What is needed are public and private partnerships in order to enable the implementation of these intelligent transportation systems.Still, the implementation of this technology could be coming sooner than most think. HNTB Corp., an infrastructure firm serving public and private owners and contractors, recently conducted a survey on Americans perception of autonomous vehicles.The general takeaway is that seven in 10 Americans expect autonomous, self-driving vehicles to become commonplace in America within the next 15 years. One of the big benefits is increased mobility for non-drivers.However, there are some discrepancies when it comes to other benefits. For instance, reduced accidents and increased safety were cited by only 41% of respondents, while heightened safety for pedestrians and bicyclists were cited by only 23% of all respondents. There is a general perception among many Americans that autonomous vehicles are not as safe as vehicle operated by people, which could hold back widespread adoption.Still, the road to autonomous vehicles is being paved with data and insights. Smarter transportation, which includes autonomous vehicles, is coming. The construction industry will need to determine how these vehicles will impact how infrastructure is built in the future.Want to tweet about this article? Use hashtags #construction #technology #infrastructure #autonomous #vehicles #safety #road #urbanization #ITS #interoperability