There is little doubt that the advancement of technology has changed buildings. Smart locks make buildings easier to use, sensor networks collect data on that usage, analytics software informs how to better manage a building, and mobile apps connect buildings to occupants in exciting new ways. So much technology is being added to buildings that the term smart building gets used to describe the outcome. As nice as it might sound to call a building equipped with technology smart, it certainly isn’t always accurate, more software and hardware does not make a building smarter, just more technologically advanced. For a building to be truly smart it needs to be better at what it is designed to do: be a place for humans to live, work, and play.
So what are the ways that buildings can become smarter? That was the question that we set out to answer for this special Propmodo Podcast series. In our exploration of building intelligence we found Vincent Dermody, a champion of strategy, innovation, and analytics for asset-intensive industries like real estate. Through decades of work in and around buildings, Vincent has created a mental framework that he has dubbed The 8 Principles of Intelligent Space to help real estate owners transform their buildings into more user friendly, human-centric, and thus smarter buildings. In this podcast series, Vincent helps guide us through these principles and how they are being used by a variety of interesting professionals to make buildings and even entire real estate portfolios smarter.