A Plan to Make Your Building Smart

A smart building uses automation to control your facility's operations such as heating, ventilation, air conditioning, lighting, and security. Smart building technology uses sensors, actuators, and microchips, to collect data and manage systems. 

Equipping your building with this advanced technology enhances your day-to-day operations making them more efficient and easier to control. With just one touch of a tablet, smartphone, or screen you can turn on the lights, open the shades, adjust the temperature, arm security, and lock the doors to optimize efficiencies and streamline operations.

The Benefits of Smart Buildings

Equipping your building with smart technology gives you several advantages.

Detecting Problems Early: Sensors that monitor equipment inside the building can send you early potential failure warnings to trigger corrective action before failures occur. Early detection decreases downtime and keeps systems running without interruptions.

Enhancing Sustainability: Reducing waste and conserving energy are the heart of sustainability, and smart buildings allow you to do both by increasing energy efficiency.

Keeping Occupants Comfortable and Happy: Buildings exist to serve the people who use them. Smart buildings automate and optimize air quality, lighting levels, heating, and cooling and precisely tune them to your occupants’ needs. This also helps you create a healthy work environment for your employees.

Reducing Costs: Automating your building’s electrical and mechanical equipment with smart technology improves operations and optimizes the use of resources to eliminate waste and reduce costs.

How to Plan Your Smart Building

Creating a plan to equip your building with smart technology includes three critical components.

Needs Analysis – A successful project places your needs, not the technology, on center stage. The right contractor will first help you determine how the technology can best support your objectives and then identify the solutions that serve you best. Once the team understands how you want to use the building, it is easier to identify the technology you need. A needs analysis will also include creating dashboards to track and measure your new system’s performance. Tracking helps quantify the benefits that smart building technology delivers, and it allows you to calculate your return on investment.

Create a Strategy – Identify how you want your smart building system to function by setting its baseline performance. Then develop a plan detailing how all parties will work together to make the system operational.

Include the right partners – Equipping your facility with this advanced technology is a project that is too complex for any one team to tackle alone. A skilled contractor takes the initiative and gets all the critical players working together to create and install the smart system. A quality contractor will select skilled specialty contractors who will coordinate all the complex aspects of constructing your smart building. This collaboration simplifies the many complex elements of a smart building project.

How We Can Help

If you’re ready to enjoy the benefits of a smart building – increasing efficiency, reaching sustainability goals, reducing your carbon footprint – Hunt Electric can help you get started.

First, we will work closely with you to understand your needs and help you identify solutions to meet them. Then we will find the best way to incorporate these solutions into your building.  

Next, we will team with in-house divisions and use our contacts in the industry to establish partnerships with specialized contractors and manufacturers who will assist us with identifying the best technology solutions in your building. The Hunt Technology Team will be your single point of contact for converting your facility into a smart building.

If you would like to make your building smarter, we can help. Contact our Technology Division at salesSL@huntelectric.com.