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Gatwala Commercial Hub , Faisalabad is Punjab’s biggest and Pakistan’s second largest mixed use, real estate project. It has a covered area of over 3.1 million sq. ft.

This mega project, designed and developed by Shah Nawaz Associates, is located, at the junction of Canal Expressway and Lahore Sheikhupura Road. The road in front of the GCH project, has an average traffic count of 30 vehicles per minute. become, the city’s next mega center for trade, commerce, industries as well as residential projects.

 

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Importance of smart buildings for a sustainable city

This year has been pivotal in the battle against climate change. Many countries globally are setting up targets for carbon reduction and creating environmentally-friendly spaces for their residents. In contrast, urbanisation keeps growing and cities are getting more and more occupied in Pakistan. We also need to devise and employ strategies to reduce emissions in towns, cities and the country as a whole, along with saving energy and accelerating our transition process to renewable energy.  

With cities and buildings accounting for 65 percent of worldwide energy use, smart city expansion is viewed as a critical approach to address the climate crisis. A contemporary city requires sophisticated data, people, and technology to build inclusive and sustainable solutions.

As a result, smart buildings are increasingly playing a leading role in the development of smart cities. They are widely recognised as critical tools for addressing the many challenges we face today and in the future, such as accomplishing net-zero objectives, ensuring security, and meeting the demand for greater interoperability.

Smart buildings are sweeping the sector with the emergence of new and enhanced technology by using the Internet of Things (IoT) to share data, control processes, and improve human contact. While these breakthroughs are exciting, they also promise well for long-term sustainability.

As a result, today’s buildings are critical for the evolution of smart cities – indeed sustainable cities, have cleaner transportation, optimise resources such as water and energy, and have more intelligent buildings and infrastructures that serve essential human needs like security, comfort, and connectivity. Finally, by constructing smart structures, we improve our cities’ liveability, workability, and sustainability.

By using smart building technology, buildings and residences can consume energy more effectively. Because facilities are complex systems involving air, water, and power, smart sensors and IoT-based solutions can guarantee that these resources are delivered safely and efficiently. However, it is not just about implementing new technologies; smart thinking and the optimisation of existing structures are also crucial in driving smart cities’ worldwide development.

Graana.com discusses the importance of smart buildings for a sustainable city.

 

Energy Consumption

Smart buildings are a critical component of a future in which cities are secure, smart, and sustainable, and building owners can capture and control their energy consumption. We all know that buildings use a lot of energy to keep running. Unfortunately, the more energy required, the environmental damage is caused. Most of the time, more resources are provided than are needed. This is not just inefficient but also unethical. Smart buildings, fortunately, provide a potential response to rising energy demands.

Smart buildings are fitted with cutting-edge technology that makes it easier to track how much energy is consumed. These smart devices do not necessitate human intervention and can operate on their own. Human error, on the other hand, does not consume energy resources. Hence, smart buildings allow for energy conservation and increased efficiency.

 

Malfunction Detection

Malfunctions are identified immediately in smart buildings, which makes it easier to deal with them. Today, battery management systems excel at detecting hazards. Furthermore, these systems require little human participation.

With smart buildings, malfunctions are detected right away. As a result, it’s easier to address issues and, in turn, return to business as usual. Battery management systems, in particular, do an excellent job of identifying and targeting threats. What’s more, these systems detect issues on their own, meaning minimal human intervention is needed.

 

Collect Data

With IoT devices, gathering data on products and services is simple. Sensors can be installed in a variety of products, from heating systems to ventilation equipment. As a result, if you need to obtain information on machines, you won’t have any problems. You can use current implementations to alter your processes if you determine that a component is overworked or underused. The days of scant systems and poor solutions are over with such innovative technology.

 

Sustainability

Focusing on IoT power usage keeps us informed about ongoing setbacks, issue areas, and practical solutions. We can lower our carbon footprint, promote sustainability, and promote eco-friendly alternatives with this knowledge. An occupancy sensor can help to reduce carbon dioxide levels in a space. When this sensor detects a decrease in movement, it sends a signal to the building management system, instructing it to turn off the heating, ventilation, and lighting systems. When people return, these systems revert to regular operation, ensuring a safe and comfortable workplace. This type of software saves both energy and money. Fewer emissions are produced, more eco-conscious solutions are deployed, and more corporations are building well-oiled procedures as more organisations embrace these changes. Smart buildings are gaining popularity due to these advantages.

Smart cities are the way of the future. Smart cities will begin to take shape from the home and office to transportation and utilities. Smart buildings brought together by advances in IoT, and AI will develop a new smart society ecosystem that is increasingly interlinked and efficient. It will allow living a comfortable life while safeguarding the planet for future generations. Intelligent smart buildings with features, which could not be imagined just a few decades ago, are now a reality and will be critical to the growth of sustainable smart cities.

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