Smart buildings are not only about saving energy

"Building owners are having to adapt to technology that wasn't available just five years ago," says Jim Sinopoli, architect and founder of Smart Buildings, a Texas-based leading practice in this new field. "And that's going to change the way we approach building. The question will be how design engineers and architects respond. Making buildings smart will be disruptive. But it's inevitable."

Indeed, while smart or intelligent buildings have yet to settle on one definition - it encompasses using technology to improve control and communications

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