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Technology is changing what’s possible for buildings. Heating, electrical, lighting and other smart systems that once chugged along alone need to communicate through an open-source data platform to create an intelligent building — one that can optimize operation.

Steve Brown, Kurt Karnatz and Rob Knight wrote “A Comprehensive Look at the Intelligent Building” for the April issue of Consulting-Specifying Engineer magazine. They point out that once smart building systems become collectively intelligent, their effectiveness increases exponentially. That creates better financial performance, sustainability and other benefits for stakeholders.