Q: What role do connected buildings play in the global pandemic?
Dave: The pandemic has accelerated the question of what’s
possible in this space, especially as it relates to new technologies
and innovative solutions.
There is increased importance
around connectivity as buildings prepare to, or are, reopening, and
building owners are thinking about how they can become more resilient
in the future. We are seeing it every day. Connected buildings and
equipment provide a more comprehensive, holistic approach to the
reopening process, with the ability to remotely analyze and address
issues more crucial now than ever before. With the collaboration of
chief engineers, facilities managers and technicians – and their
combined data analysis – you have a superhero support system looking
at how to fully optimize these connected buildings and their advanced
machine learning capabilities. Ultimately, we want to provide
confidence of a safe and healthy indoor environment for both building
owners and their occupants.
Q: How do connected buildings contribute to healthier indoor environments?
Dane: When you think about the impact of a safe,
comfortable indoor environment, the most important asset is the
people. The true return on investment in connecting buildings and
optimizing their indoor environments can be found in the occupants.
The application of technology to solve for a building’s problems
cannot be overstated. Connected buildings help monitor things like air
flow, temperature, humidity, and air quality, providing objective
measures to make needed adjustments. The data gathered from each
unique, connected building gives us the best look into what to do for
a building’s specific performance needs, and the subject matter expert
interpretation of that data is crucial.
Q: What does the future of connectivity look like?
Dave: In today’s hyper-connected, data-driven world,
there’s really no questioning whether you should connect your
building now or in the future. Today is the day to connect your
facilities and take advantage of operational insights from live,
streaming data. We’re proud of the progress we’ve made in the
connected buildings and equipment spaces, but know there is still
work to be done as an industry. Trane is excitedly looking forward
to deploying even more inventive, state-of-the-art technologies,
with more offerings that leverage building connectivity, data
analysis and our in-house expertise. A “disconnected” building will
become a relic in the near future.
Dane: We also recognize the need to respond to global
megatrends, like climate change and resource constraints. We’re
operating right where these megatrends intersect with our technologies
and innovation. In the next 10 years, we’ll see increased availability
of connectivity, and data driving real-time action. That will change
the industry, and will be the driving force behind operating smarter,
more cost-effective and high-performing buildings.