Facilities Friday: An integrated solution for smarter buildings, part 1: Why do we need it?
Karl Helbig 270001N2U6 firstname.lastname@example.org | | Tags:  tivoli space-planning energy-management energy-optimization energy-efficiency energy ibm-energy-management sustainability green-infrastructure facilities-management green space-management meo smarter-buildings maximo-asset-management energy-monitoring
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In our first FF blog post, we started to explore the notion of "smarter buildings" and defined them as being integrated physical and digital infrastructures that are more cost effective for their owners and operators through more efficient use of energy & space, enhanced operations and asset reliability.
Let's take the next step and talk briefly about making a building smarter by understanding why an integrated approach and solution are necessary. Consider these points:
Buildings consume 42% of all energy worldwide; energy costs represent about 30% of a buildings total operating cost; by 2025, buildings will be the largest emitters of greenhouse gasses on our planet.
Some factors that are driving organizations toward making their buildings smarter include:
Quite compelling, and certainly illustrative of the need for an integrated approach. I know this is a bit of a tease, but I don't want to get too deep in to the weeds just yet. We all know there is value in an integrated solution for smarter buildings. We talked about it quite a bit at Pulse 2011, and we'll continue to talk about it over the next couple of FF blog posts as we roll in to the summer months.
Until then, let's see what IBM's Dave Bartlett has to say about the state of smarter buildings today...and how the recently announced acquisition of Tririga will enhance and advance our smarter buildings vision. Consider both a preview for our next FF blog post coming up in May!