Do you want to learn more about office building buzz words? If you want to increase your knowledge about industry terms used when it comes to office buildings, check out this article and learn some new office building buzz words today.
If you currently invest or are considering investing in office
buildings, here are a couple office buzz words you should familiarize
A smart building isn’t necessarily very smart. During the seventies,
heat, ventilation, and air-conditioning were automated HVAC systems.
These first dedicated computers would turn the heat or the
air-conditioning on in the morning, turn it off at night, and knew the
difference between a weekday and a Saturday, Sunday, or holiday.
Everyone began calling this is a smart building because it saved you a
lot of money on air-conditioning. Later, those air-conditioning
computers became really smart. They would allow you to adjust your
thermostat to a controlled degree. For instance, if you tried to set the
thermostat at 58 degrees, the overriding computer would only go down to
70 degrees— that was the set point. At that point, it would turn the
air conditioner off. If the temperature rose higher than 73 degrees, it
would start the air-conditioner.
Therefore, tenants began to have less and less control over their office
environment. However, it had been a big waste of energy when different
tenants controlled their own space. You might have had five thermostats
in an office full of people who each thought that they knew best, what
the temperature ought to be.
Smart buildings today do so much more because in order to compete they
must build in high-tech communications systems. Buildings are
constructed with fiber optics to every floor with a T-1 line for
telephone calls and high-speed internet.
Another smart building concept and office building buzz word is one that
is just now starting to happen, over the past four or five years. Every
four feet some sort of trench is cut in the slab with a metal plate
over it. Inside this nine-inch wide and three-inch deep trench is all
the conduits and plumbing for the building.
You don’t have to actually cut through the slab, but you go underneath
with your pipe and then back up. These trenches are everywhere—some of
them are just trenches, while others are voids in the slab. There are no
openings unless there’s an intersection. The nine-inch square metal
plate is at each intersection.
This means that if you have the system underneath you, inside your
floor, and you wanted to change some plumbing requirement, you can get
it within four feet of any plumbing you want. Of course, electric and
safety codes apply to all these devices. It’s the same way with
electricity and telephones. Therefore, no matter what innovations and
communications or electrical transmissions are required, the builders
can lay a whole new system in the floor without destroying any existing
materials. Now that’s a smart building concept!
Stay tuned for upcoming articles with more "Office Building Buzz Words" you'll want to know.
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