As we all strive to be more energy efficient and environmentally friendly, commercial buildings are under pressure to use more sustainable HVAC control systems that reduce impact on the environment, eliminate excess energy usage, and provide a comfortable environment for everyone in the building. You may have heard the phrases “connected building” or “smart building”, so what do these phrases mean and what qualifies a building as being “smart”?

Smart buildings

In a smart building, the various systems like lighting, heating, air-conditioning, ventilation, and security systems are integrated into a single system, and can be operated via the internet. Imagine a control center from which you can control every component of an office building – this is what a smart building is. The main control system enables each system to work together, gather real-time data, share information with other systems, increase efficiency, and enhance performance, so no single system operates individually. Smart buildings are ideal for office managers and building managers who want to streamline their control systems and enhance the efficiency, because smart buildings use data and analytics to automatically adjust the performance of one or all systems. 

Benefits of a smart system for commercial buildings:

  • Increased energy efficiency. When all systems are merged into a single control center and real-time data is made available, a smart system can identify areas of energy waste and adjust accordingly. 
  • You can monitor your building’s systems remotely. There’s no need to be on the property to ensure your building’s systems are running smoothly. Thanks to the internet, you can monitor your smart building from anywhere. 
  • Smart buildings provide a more comfortable atmosphere (air temperature, humidity levels). We’ve all been in an office building where the air temperature was way too cold, making it uncomfortable and difficult to focus. Smart buildings find the optimal temperature for each part of your building, ensuring a comfortable atmosphere. 
  • Cost savings due to all systems being merged and identifying areas for energy reduction. 
  • Reduced downtime thanks to built-in diagnostics. When all your systems are working together as one, it decreases the likelihood of a system breakdown. You don’t want your staff’s workday being interrupted by constant repair people coming in and out. 
  • Easier for contractors to carry out maintenance and repairs. All systems require maintenance and repairs over the years, and with a smart building, your contractor can use the data and analytics to identify the problem and prevent future breakdowns. 
  • Combining all systems extends the life of each separate system, so they won’t need replacing as often. Running a commercial building is expensive, so why not invest in a smart system to reduce your operational costs?

Questions to ask your commercial HVAC contractor 

Converting your building into a smart building doesn’t necessarily mean you need to invest in expensive equipment or replace any of your existing systems. Every commercial building has its own unique HVAC needs and no two systems are exactly the same, so we recommend asking your HVAC contractor the following questions:

  1. Can I convert my building into a smart building with my existing HVAC systems?
  2. What pieces of equipment do you recommend that’ll optimize my building’s performance and reduce the environmental impact?
  3. Can you show me work you’ve done on buildings similar to mine?

For more information about integrated HVAC control systems and how they can benefit your building, or if you have any questions, please contact TriTech Energy today. Discover why so many people choose us as their trusted commercial HVAC contractor. Our team is standing by and we look forward to hearing from you.