No, it’s not just data-centres that are Smart. Nowadays, as we seek to minimize our carbon emissions and build structures that provide beauty and sustainability, everything from a multi-billion dollar mixed-use building to your garden shed can be a smart building.

Most of us around the world spend five or six days a week in offices or factories and this accounts for the fact that around two thirds of the world’s energy usage is for commercial properties. Whilst we all strive for cleaner forms of energy to power our workplaces, the push for efficient buildings must be strong. We are now seeing Net-Zero Energy buildings sprout up in forward-thinking cities. Net-zero Energy means the building produces more energy than it consumes – such as by harnessing solar or wind energy as well as using energy efficiently. As we look to the future, there’s no longer room in the high-end professional design and construction field for erecting buildings that fail to meet the highest of energy efficiency standards. If you are designing buildings without taking into account both energy efficiency and energy generation technologies, you’re falling behind.

The latest trends also expand upon that common level of accommodation and really put the human being — and the human experience — front and centre in the design process. Going forward, nearly all building designs are going to need to incorporate more and more of the human element, especially early in the design process. While form and function have traditionally been the two elements designers struggle to balance, in the future, convenience, comfort, and flexibility — all highly human factors — will change that dynamic dramatically.  

It’s not just humans that need to keep learning new skills, as we watch the rapidly evolving fields of automation, machine learning, and artificial intelligence increase. Architects and engineers need to stay afloat and ride the wave of innovation.

Job opportunities in SMART Buildings include:

  • Mechanical Engineers
  • Electrical Engineers
  • HVAC Engineers
  • Facilities Engineers
  • Sustainability / Green-Building Specialists
  • Civil Engineers
  • Structural Engineers
  • Network / Server Engineers
  • Project Managers
  • Construction Managers
  • Town Master-Planners
  • Architects
  • Interior Designers
  • Landscape Designers
  • BIM Designers / Coordinators
  • Architectural / Fit-Out Project Managers

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