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SMART BUILDINGS: Intelligent Buildings LLC
ship, program management for the
largest energy analytics project in
North America, and development
of national smart building standards for both the United States
and Canadian federal government," the company says.
Smart building conversations
typically center on bits and bytes,
technology and electronics, but
Intelligent Buildings says owners can get sidetracked with all
of that and forget why they are
having the conversation in the ﬁrst
place. "Too many smart building
conversations are about which
technology widget is cooler or
newer, for example," Shircliﬀ says.
"A smart building is really one that
uses technology to do what you are
already trying to do faster, cheaper
and with less risk."
Intelligent Buildings is happy to work within clients'
budgets to achieve the best results for each structure.
For example, computers are
used in healthcare because it
ensures consistency throughout the
system and that patient information is accurate. "They can do
what they do faster, cheaper and
with less risk, and the same goes
for buildings," Shircliﬀ adds. "We
have always had our customers'
business interest and risk in mind."
Buildings that were built or
renovated in the past 30 to 40
years have a lot of technology in
them already, Murchison says, but
the vast majority did not use or
require any IT design fundamentals and are at a greater cyber risk.
"For example, an HVAC system in
a 50-story building uses a computer server that is networked to
a series of ﬂoor-level controllers,"
he explains. "In addition to the
computer and network, it has
application software, protocols and
remote internet access. Imagine
it's the same story for all other
control systems. The cost structure
of maintaining all of that slowly
creeps up. It's disconnected, unsecure technology and managed by
When Intelligent Buildings
partners with a building owner on
a new development, it focuses on
implementing systems in a much
more organized, converged and
cyber-safe way. "Take that 50-story
oﬃce building example, you get no
less than two dozen systems going
in like elevators, HVAC, lighting,
metering, parking, etc.," Shircliﬀ
says. "Every one of the systems
gets its own computer, cabling,
software, connection and all by
separate vendors. This is not about
asking an owner to put in systems
they were not planning to put
in, but rather to determine how
all those planned systems can be
integrated and secure."
The company says the myth
associated with smart or green
building is that you have to invest
a lot upfront and then wait for the
payback. "Give me your budget
and let me work within that and
I'll leave you with a smart, converged building," Murchison says.
With an existing portfolio,
Intelligent Buildings does not go
in and start ripping out "dumb
stuﬀ and putting in smart stuﬀ."
The company focuses on implementing softer changes rather
than the harder ones that include
pulling out equipment. "Softer
means connecting the portfolio
of 100 buildings to the cloud, for
example," Murchison says. "If I
connect everything to the cloud,
I can see everything from one
place and monitor performance
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