Is Your Building a “Smart Building?”

What do you think of when you hear the term “smart building?”

For some, it invokes images of modern new structures like the Freedom Tower in New York City. For others, it means peak energy efficiency. And for still others, it may conjure up images of homes or office buildings that can practically run themselves.

In short, however, the definition of a smart building is constantly changing due to rapid changes in technology.

One popular definition of a smart building is “a building that achieves significant energy savings by taking advantage of improved technology and materials in terms of structure, appliances, electrical systems, plumbing and HVAC.”

Some components of smart buildings include:

Advanced control systems
• “Green” elements like green roofs and green walls
• Weatherization
• Lighting systems
• Renewable energy

Smart buildings also utilize modern technology in order to automate building management. This includes software that manages a building’s operation and sensors that detect temperature and other changes. In essence, the technology allows different systems within the building to communicate with each other.

The information gathered is then tracked over time and adjustments are made. In essence, buildings can be made to manage themselves.

As for implementation, there are many reasons why this technology has grown in popularity over the years, despite the often-high initial costs that come with it.

  • First, turning your current building or constructing your new one as a smart building makes good economic sense over time. It depends on the size of the property and the scope of the system, but smart buildings generally pay for themselves over the course of a few years.
  • Secondly, it reduces your carbon footprint. Using smart technology is simply better for the environment as it’s cleaner and more efficient.
  • But another thing leading to the growing popularity of this technology is the size of the potential market. The U.S. Government estimates that there are nearly 5 million commercial buildings in the country, which account for half of the nation’s energy use. So there are plenty of older buildings that can be upgraded, and many of them have been over the last few years. But there’s still a huge potential market out there ready to be tapped.

In short, smart buildings deliver useful services such as lighting, air quality and comfort at the lowest cost and environmental impact.

We’ve long praised this technology here at the Whayland Co., and have worked with many clients to implement all or part of smart building into their construction and/or renovation plans.

If you’re interested in smart technology and would like to see what we can do for you and/or your company, please email us at or give us a ring at 302-875-5445.

We’d love to hear from you…


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