The building industry is centuries old – and for the most part, its ways of doing things have remained unchanged. After years of stagnating productivity and efficiency, new IoT technologies are now being adopted to improve and maximise the performance of buildings.
You may be wondering what the future of the built environment looks like.
When you consider how rapidly the 'Internet of Things' (IoT) is growing, which can connect any machine, any system or any site to the Internet to know at any time what’s happening, the range of applications for the building and construction industry are vast.
Let's take a look at a few practical examples of how the Internet of Things (IoT) and smart sensors are changing the building industry, and offering better construction, building controls and even greater comfort.
Building Information Modelling
To start with, we can take a look at Building Information Modelling. In the past, builders relied mostly on 2D drawings (plans, elevations, and sections) to share project information. Now 3D Building Information Modelling (BIM) can help to provide a more complete picture of a building project, and it can enable professionals to finish projects faster, more efficiently and within budget.
3D models also offer the advantage of going beyond the planning and design phases of the project, through to the building life cycle, including cost, construction, and project management, as well as facility operations.