Enhancing Building Efficiency with Smart Tech Innovations

While news of autonomous electric vehicles is an intriguing aspect of the smart city narrative, the technologies that actually benefit society the most remain largely out of sight. The needed smart infrastructure for reaching net zero includes energy management and monitoring, as well as zoned controls for lighting and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC).

Likewise, news about gleaming, brand-new structures outfitted with cutting-edge, environmentally friendly amenities is sure to pique the interest of dissatisfied renters and stimulate a case of the “green envy.” But for some tenants or owner-occupiers, moving presents practical or public image challenges.

Medical clinics, hospitals, palliative care centres, and other health-related groups sometimes operate with limited resources, making it challenging to justify the purchase of new facilities.

Moving to a new and improved facility presents more complex difficulties for a different set of tenants: those working in the public sector. Because of the need to re-balance budgets on both the state and federal levels, the construction of new, purpose-built facilities may be put on hold for the time being.

When it comes to energy efficiency, emission cuts, and making headway towards net zero, public sector organisations are likewise under intense pressure to set an example. Early adoption of NABERS and Green Star was bolstered by government procurement regulations that called for a specific degree of energy efficiency performance in order to show that something was being done about carbon emissions from energy use.

Optimising the Current Technology

Business-wise, it makes sense for major government tenants to bargain for improvements with the asset owner in exchange for continuing to reside in the same location.

Improved comfort and amenity performance, as well as reduced operational expenses, are two of the most common things that building occupants seek. Both of these benefits can be attained through the use of smart building technology, which can be implemented as part of a phased plan to upgrade a building’s infrastructure in order to achieve peak performance with as little interference as possible.

An obvious gain can be seen with the submetering of building services. As a result of having the ability to see when and where energy is being consumed, energy performance and NABERS ratings can be greatly enhanced. An entry-level smart building technology, it is compatible with retrofitting most building services and connecting to the main BMS through an IoT (Internet of Things) architecture.

An effective cyber security plan must be implemented as part of the IoT network design that permits all the smart devices in a building to connect with each other. To prevent cyber snoopers (also known as hackers) from entering the system and wreaking havoc on the building’s operations or the tenants’ business systems and procedures, this is crucial.

Convenient Route to Zero Emissions

Keep in mind, too, the part that smart buildings play in the push towards a net-zero energy future. If we’re going to succeed in electrifying everything and decarbonising the grid, we’ll have to make sure that all buildings and urban infrastructure have the lowest possible energy demands. In order to achieve this goal, it is essential to be able to track, measure, and control energy use in real-time across all sectors of the economy and at the level of individual businesses and their assets.

When it comes to demonstrating the feasibility and benefits of smart asset decarbonisation for all stakeholders, public sector organisations and health sector institutions can take the lead as stewards of public health and safety.


In order to reach net-zero energy and reduce carbon emissions, it is necessary to implement smart building technology. Submetering, IoT architecture, and effective cybersecurity plans are all part of a phased plan to upgrade a building’s infrastructure and achieve peak performance. Public sector organisations and health sector institutions can lead the way as stewards of public health and safety by demonstrating the feasibility and benefits of smart asset decarbonisation for all stakeholders.

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