Smart buildings have come a long way since Mark Honeywell unveiled the first programmable thermostat back in 1906. Today, smart building technology has expanded far beyond the original temperature controls and water heating systems to include security, emergency, and energy management.
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During the COP26 conference, the world anticipated major steps would be taken to combat the rising temperature of the planet. While crucial topics like Article 6 and the end of coal usage were key talking points, the need for resource conservation is another urgent problem that needs to be openly discussed and consciously tackled. With 6 trillion gallons of water wasted a year in the US alone from damaged pipework and leaking faucets, there is far more that needs to be done to tackle the wastage of resources. (Ref)
When thinking about commercial buildings, the terms ‘larger-scale’, ‘more expensive’ and ‘more stakeholders’ may come to mind. These qualities are exactly why the impact of water leaks can be so devastating and is reflected in the average loss for commercial buildings at $1.4 million, compared to domestic homes at just under $4,000 [ref].
On October 6th, I gave a talk at the Smart Buildings Show in London about LAIIER technology enabling predictive maintenance with smart surfaces that install like stickers and tape. Beyond sharing what LAIIER is currently doing in the smart building sector, it was an opportunity to talk about LAIIER's vision of scaling printed sensor technology in smart building construction.
Water leaks are a serious issue
Domestically in the US, leaks can waste more than one trillion gallons of water per year [ref] and every day 14,000 Americans face a water damage emergency [ref]. This is reflected by how 1 in 50 US homes will make a water claim each year amounting to a huge strain of $13 billion in annual insurance payouts (2017). Behind these payouts, the added detriments of water leaks to homeowners and utility providers expand to damage of the surrounding property, higher water bills and dealing with secondary effects such as mold.
Smart surfaces, and more specifically, smart walls are part of the future of the Internet of Things (IoT).
As technology embeds itself into the smart building and the smart home, intelligent interfaces are increasingly becoming a part of people’s day-to-day interactions.
We are approaching a revolution in the way that we construct, manage, and interact with the world around us. Smart surfaces will power this revolution.
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