Pros and Cons of Connected Buildings

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Designing and constructing a facility is complicated. That’s don't get left behind - learn the pros and cons of connected buildingsobvious. Just imagining all the things a facility manager has to keep track of can make your head spin. In the whirlwind of training your staff and preparing your facility for occupancy, maybe you’ve missed out on learning about connected buildings. They’re relatively new. We’ve detailed their features in our post What Is a Connected Building? but for now, think of them as an extension of smart buildings.

You may be thinking, ‘why worry about making sure my building is connected’? Maybe it seems like one more thing demanding your attention. Connected buildings might sound like something from the future, but they’re not. In fact, they’re steadily growing more popular, and there’s a good reason. Analytics and construction commissioning are at the core of their success–giving them several advantages over traditionally-built facilities. This is especially true if the upgrades are integrated with the building process.

Pros:

  • Meet Your Owner Project Requirements. Taking care of OPRs is easier than ever. With greater confidence in testing results and higher accountability of your construction team, everyone will stay on the same page and focused on your goals.
  • Divide And Conquer. Easy data share over web enables you to outsource tasks to commissioning experts. There’s no longer a need for on-site visits which cuts costs and lessens the strain on your staff. Commissioners will also keep your facility optimized by analyzing your data and drawing up recommendations for improvements.

Cons:

  • Lack of Knowledge. Not everyone will know how to manage the systems you’ve implemented in your building. Success will lean heavily on the knowledge of your staff about how to maintain and use your systems. Finding a good commissioning provider can make a world of difference but only if you know how to utilize their expertise.  

Overall, smart buildings are a sound investment because their integrated systems give managers a lot of flexibility and are relatively inexpensive. At the same time, they also require well-trained staff to be fully utilized. There’s a lot to love, and a lot to think about. If you’re considering investing in a connected building, our commissioning providers can help talk you through these points in more detail. Contact us today!