Smart Buildings Equate to Energy Savings

November 8, 2008

Smart Buildings Equate to Energy Savings(NewsUSA) - Smart buildings, those that can utilize wireless building management systems to adjust and monitor climate control, lighting and fire and security systems, are becoming more affordable and attainable than ever before. Builders and business owners are beginning to understand the value of these sustainable, smart technologies and are seeking to incorporate them into their facilities.

What makes for a smart environment?
With the expertise of Johnson Controls, Inc., a global, diversified and multi-industrial corporation that specializes in sustainable energy management, smart environments effectively integrate computer technologies into a communication system. That means that technologies - like heating systems, security alarms and garage door openers - easily integrate with other products in intuitive, seamless ways to operate more efficiently.

Smart technologies don’t intrude on homeowners but simply make easier the places where they work, live and travel. For example, self-monitoring refrigerators keep food at safe temperatures even if their doors hang ajar, and home monitors keep indoor environments comfortable

But technological advances don’t only make it easier to adjust the thermostat, they also improve fuel efficiency and conserve energy. Solar panels and biomass technologies supplement other power sources, while water conservation and measurement technologies prevent resources from being wasted.

Using innovative, efficient technologies, designers of residential and commercial buildings can ensure that environments better suit both visitors

and budgets. For example, in Maryland, the Baltimore City Public School System is working with Johnson Controls, Inc. to improve its buildings.

The company’s self-monitoring systems will improve indoor air quality and learning environments for Baltimore City students - through upgraded lighting, water fixtures, waste management systems and security technologies - while also saving the school money. The plan calls for the renovation of 68 of Baltimore’s public schools, saving the school system $49 million over the next 15 years.

In addition to improving schools, Johnson Controls also works with government buildings to make them more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly. The company is currently involved in the renovation of the Pentagon, the world’s largest low-rise office building. American taxpayers will benefit from the improvements, saving money through more efficient operations and controlled energy use.

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