Technical advances are being made in just about every area of our lives, and it’s no wonder that residential buildings are taking advantage of what’s available to make life better, simpler and more economical. More and more buildings are being built from the ground up with “intelligent” wiring and integrated operating systems, and existing buildings are getting in on the act as well, upgrading their communications, security, and indoor environmental systems to improve value and convenience for residents.
The Integration Situation
According to Jerry Kestenbaum, president of Queens-based BuildingLink.com and a operation systems integration specialist, “One can talk about ‘integration’ in the sense of integrating different systems with each other so that one system's activities feed into another related system and then back again. Or one can talk about ‘integration’ in the sense of particular systems being integrated seamlessly and intelligently into the day-to-day functioning of the building and its related participants—like residents, staff, maintenance workers, managers, and outside vendors.”
“The value of linked systems—as far as lowering maintenance costs and overall operating costs and providing key benefits for your residents—is amazing,” says Ron Zimmer, president and CEO of the Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA), an organization that works to educate people about intelligent buildings and systems integration.
Buildings with Brains