Cabling, cable pathways, and equipment rooms are important because installed cable tends to be in the building for 20-25 years. What is initially designed and installed is vitally important. Cable may seem mundane, but, with constant advancements in cable throughput, reductions in potential interference, and increased low voltage power over the telecom cable it means the long lifecycle requires the installation of the latest in cable technology.
The smart buildings approach is to maximize the use of structured cable plant for multiple building systems. A smart building will also supplement the wired infrastructure with the use of wireless systems. As IT continues to penetrate a building this infrastructure becomes increasing critical and a key attribute of a smart building.
Lighting Control Systems
Lighting affects several important aspects of a building. There is the aesthetic impact it will have in the building and its spaces, resulting in how occupants will perceive and react to the built environment. There is the more practical and functional aspect of providing lighting to facilitate the work occupants undertake in and around a building. And finally, lighting consumes significant energy.
A smart building entails a centralized lighting control system in all the building's usable square footage. The system should provide a dimmable lighting strategy. It also should have a global and a zone light schedule and override capabilities.