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Glider Technology contributes to RIBA’s New Smart Building Guidance

Glider Technology, a leader in digital information management software and services for the built environment, was part of the consortium that developed the guidance which is set to revolutionise the integration of smart building technology on building projects. Other members of the consortia included ScanTech Digital, Kier and Hoare Lea.

The RIBA Smart Building Overlay, now available to download, serves as a vital tool for architects, engineers and developers involved in new construction, retrofitting or refurbishment projects. By demystifying smart building terminology and explaining the benefits of early technology integration, this comprehensive guide empowers professionals to leverage cutting-edge solutions seamlessly across projects of all scales and complexities.

“At Glider Technology, we recognise the transformative potential of smart building technology,” says John Adams, Head of Product at Glider Technology, who provided essential input into the document. “Having recently been engaged on several prestigious office developments, we’ve seen first hand the challenges of meeting a client’s smart building aspirations when specified late in the design, or construction phase. This Overlay serves to provide alignment on the strategic aims of the project, ensuring there are no significant surprises during the construction to operation process. Our collaboration on the Smart Building Overlay demonstrates our commitment to driving innovation and sustainability in the built environment.”

For residential projects, smart building technology can be utilised to remotely and automatically manage heating, lighting, security, appliances, electric vehicle charging and air quality.

In commercial projects, smart building technology can support business activity and space utilisation and optimise management and maintenance regimes. For example, in an office building, a system that automatically adjusts lighting and heating in response to weather conditions and occupancy levels can reduce energy consumption and operational costs as well as improving user comfort.

The insights gained from smart building technology can be used to evaluate and address operational energy usage as well as mitigate safety risks.

For architects, engineers, contractors, consultants, master system integrators, and asset owner/developers seeking to unlock the benefits of smart building technology, the RIBA Smart Building Overlay represents a critical step forward in realising sustainable, future-proof design practices.

Download the Smart Building Overlay to the RIBA Plan of Work today and embark on a journey towards smarter, more efficient built environments.