Buildings are a complex, multisystem entity with many control and maintenance systems working to make the building safe, comfortable, and functional for its users. These systems include heating and cooling, lighting, communications, security, access control, and entertainment systems. Whether the building is a towering skyscraper, a comfort-giving hospital, or your own home, all buildings have two characteristics in common:
- They are part of the largest segment of greenhouse gas (GHG) producers on the planet.
- They are among the most inefficient consumers of energy on the planet.
This IBM® Redguide™ publication helps IT architects, city officials, building managers and owners understand ways to achieve Smarter Building concepts. It introduces the IBM Intelligent Building Management solution and other key solutions that IBM has available. This guide provides high-level architectures for these solutions, including key components and capabilities. This guide also highlights the linkages between partners, cities, and other external systems that influence building operations. This guide explains how real-time data can be seamlessly integrated with facilities management to assist owners and building management manage space, energy and operations.
Table of contents
Why Smarter Buildings
Building life-cycle optimization
Smarter Building scenarios
IBM Smarter Buildings solutions
IBM Intelligent Building Management solution
Monitoring and efficiency for Smarter Buildings
Energy-efficient data centers
Facilities asset management
Integrated communications services
Connections to external systems
Innovations for Smarter Buildings
Implementing an efficient building solution through an IBM alliance