As technology and intuitive interfaces enable occupants to become more aware about buildings, buildings are becoming more aware of them. Smart buildings leveraging big data collected from thousands of inexpensive sensors and the IoT, promises to improve convenience and comfort, all in a more sustainable manner. Is this a win-win?

High performance buildings with passive design strategies require engaged occupants. Training these occupants for hoped behavioral changes, is both an imperative and a challenge. Even if trained people forget or don't care, or the specific people occupying a building changes.

Does this mean ultimately your building may know more about you than you are comfortable with, even though you are more comfortable in your building? Is the next generation of high performance only possible at the expense of personal privacy? Can we count on this additional layer of systems complexity to be reliable, affordable, maintainable and secure?

Learning Objectives

  • Understand some of the building and human performance benefits associated with having a more educated and active building occupant.
  • Understand how occupant health and well being can be both enhanced and potentially hindered by a "smart" or more Occupant Aware Building.
  • Understand implications -- good and bad -- with Big Data and IoT that can enable the next frontier in energy efficiency and occupant well being.
  • Understand the nuances between letting a building "do it all" versus leaving it up to the occupants versus the (preferred?) vast middle ground.

Pre-requisite: None