Smart Buildings & Tenant Agencies
Because we are only at the onset of implementation, it’s impossible to know all the ways in which GSA Smart Buildings will benefit tenants. Our initial GSA Smart Buildings have uncovered the following advantages for GSA tenants:
Energy efficiency: Because GSA Smart Buildings are also efficient buildings, GSA tenants can expect to have a reduced effect on the environment. More accurate monitoring and control of energy-intensive systems like HVAC and lighting help keep inefficiencies in check.
Fast and effective service: Intelligent building technologies give GSA building management professionals the tools they need to better serve tenants, occupants, and users. Accessing building systems via the secure GSA intranet makes it easier for facilities professionals to answer questions and monitor building performance off-site. Problems are identified early and solved immediately.
Future GSA Smart Building technology will allow tenants to file work orders from their desk or on the go in a web-based tenant service system. Once the work order has been placed GSA building management professionals will receive the ticket immediately improving response times and eliminate much of the paperwork typically associated with work orders.
Simplified property management: With GSA Smart Building technologies maintenance crews won't take pressure readings or adjust valves by hand. Adjustments are made from the network operations center with a few simple keystrokes. The result is a leaner facility management operation.
Enhanced life safety and security: A fire situation is perhaps the most commonly cited example of how GSA Smart Buildings are beneficial. The alarms sound and other building systems begin to react: Exhaust dampers open, the IP paging and intercom system issues instructions to occupants, the access-control system unlocks doors for evacuation, and CCTV cameras provide emergency responders with a view of the fire.
Intelligent buildings offer life-safety enhancements in other emergencies as well. An earthquake sensor or signal from the national geological service can be connected with building systems for facilities in seismic zones. In the event of an earthquake, an integrated building can automatically shut off gas lines, shut down computers, and automatically notify occupants of the earthquake.
Security becomes mobile in intelligent buildings. Wireless surveillance cameras and a Web-enabled security system allow guards to view live video from a laptop or pocket PC.
Anticipation of future technologies: While no one can foresee where the future of technology is going, experts predict that a building with an IP backbone will be ready to support almost anything that comes onto the market. And, with GSA tenant needs changing, it's important to have a building flexible enough to adapt quickly.
Environmentally friendly: Careful measurement and monitoring of energy use for the purpose of reducing consumption is a hallmark of GSA Green and Smart Buildings. While it's possible to have a green building that isn't intelligent (e.g. using recycled carpet, low-VOC products, etc.), because of the efficiencies that smart technologies provide, all intelligent buildings are some shade of green. For example a daylight-harvesting system could work in concert through the GSA Smart Building backbone with interior lights and occupancy sensors to provide optimum light levels and save energy use.