The San Francisco Public Utility Commission (SFPUC) building is one of the smartest green buildings in the world. Constructed in 2012, it raised the standards for energy efficiency and sustainability. The building consumes 55% less energy than the ASHRAE standard.

Features of the building that have enabled such exemplary efficiencies include natural ventilation, exterior sunshade, wind turbines on the facade, rooftop solar panels, and rain harvesting for irrigation.

Moreover, the Integrated Building Management System (IBMS) is the essence of what makes the building smart. By integrating all systems data to a single dashboard, the building can be managed holistically. Some of the systems that are monitored and managed by the IBMS include elevators, waste water treatment system, lighting controls, exterior shade control systems and more.

Value for Dubai

A 2016 Honeywell report shows that Doha and Dubai are leading the way with smart building technologies in the Middle East. However, over 50% of residential and office buildings are lagging in efficiency boosting technologies and lacking an Integrated Building Management System (IBMS).

According to Norm Gilsdorf, president of Honeywell Middle East, adopting Smart Building technologies like those leveraged by the San Francisco Public Utility Commission (SFPUC) across buildings in Dubai would serve as a “…fundamental building block of a smart city.” Moreover, he elaborated that integrating new technologies in buildings will “impact the happiness, lifestyle, well-being and productivity of occupants”, especially considering that a large percentage of our lives are spent in buildings.

Benefits to occupants of Smart Buildings include: improved air quality, real-time customization of your environment by e.g a smartphone app, increased safety, and seamless experiences for occupants.