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Why data is the construction industry’s answer to climate change

Over the last two decades, built environment emissions have reduced by 30%. However, the vast majority of this can be attributed to a reduction in operational emissions rather than the improvement of energy efficiency in our buildings.

We know that newer buildings are more energy efficient and the past 10 years has seen a gear change in new build projects seeking greener building material and processes.

Now, we need to look at smart ways to improve the use of space, occupancy and performance of existing buildings, not just new builds. To do this we need to understand our buildings better, thus we need to collect, analyse and interpret data on how our buildings operate.

One way in which to do this is to apply smart sensors to a building. These sensors will collect the environmental and operational data of the building in real time. Data can support facilities managers in understanding energy use and maintenance requirements. This data can also give us valuable insights into future projects and what materials perform well. We can also assess the use of alternative materials to make future builds more energy efficient.

This generates a valuable understanding of current buildings, which can also help us build more sustainably in the future.

Read the full article here: https://www.pbctoday.co.uk/news/bim-news/construction-projects-data/89663/