Smart buildings are gaining momentum – and as the technology behind them becomes more sophisticated and more prevalent, they’re set to change the way we live and work. Real Views sat down with Akshay Thakur, Regional Director of the Smart Buildings Programme EMEA at JLL to discuss the development of smart buildings – and what they mean for the way we work and the built environment. This was one of the first smart buildings and showcases what buildings can do, and there are many more in the pipeline vying to claim the title of the smartest building in the world. There are other barriers such as the cost of investment, as well as regulations for smart technologies and the data collected that must be met, but once the limiting factors are addressed, a lot could happen with smart buildings within two or three years. Smart buildings are a key component of smart cities, given all the data they can communicate to each other and to civic services. During emergency evacuations, smart buildings can report back at regular intervals to help emergency services route resources more efficiently. In the future, smart buildings would be connected in a citywide grid, generating their own energy that can be offloaded to any other space, helping contribute to more sustainable city development – and a more sustainable form of urban living.
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