The Evolution of Smart Buildings: An Industrial Perspective of the Development of Smart Buildings in the 2010s

Marson, M. 2022. The Evolution of Smart Buildings: An Industrial Perspective of the Development of Smart Buildings in the 2010s. PhD thesis University of Westminster Architecture & Cities https://doi.org/10.34737/vvqx9

TitleThe Evolution of Smart Buildings: An Industrial Perspective of the Development of Smart Buildings in the 2010s
TypePhD thesis
AuthorsMarson, M.
Abstract

Over the course of the 2010s, specialist research bodies have failed to provide a holistic view of the changes in the prominent reason (as driven by industry) for creating a smart building. Over the 2010s, research tended to focus on remaining deeply involved in only single issues or value drivers.
Through an analysis of the author’s peer reviewed and published works (book chapters, articles, essays and podcasts), supplemented with additional contextual academic literature, a model for how the key drivers for creating a smart building have evolved in industry during the 2010s is presented. The critical research commentary within this thesis, tracks the incremental advances of technology and their application to the built environment via academic movements, industrial shifts, or the author’s personal contributions.
This thesis has found that it is demonstrable, through the chronology and publication dates of the included research papers, that as the financial cost and complexity of sensors and cloud computing reduced, smart buildings became
increasingly prevalent. Initially, sustainability was the primary focus with the use of HVAC analytics and advanced metering in the early 2010s. The middle of the decade saw an economic transformation of the commercial office sector and the driver for creating a smart building was concerned with delivering flexible yet quantifiably used space. Driven by society’s emphasis on health, wellbeing and productivity, smart buildings pivoted their focus towards the end of the 2010s. Smart building technologies were required to demonstrate the impacts of architecture on the human. This research has evidenced that smart buildings use data to improve performance in sustainability, in space usage or for humancentric outcomes.

Year2022
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PublisherUniversity of Westminster
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PublishedFeb 2022
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.34737/vvqx9

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