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In case you missed it. Smart Buildings: Connecting components and the trades

By On-Site Staff   

Smart buildings are a growing segment of Canada’s building industry. PHOTO: Adobe Stock/Sergey Nivens

From rendering, to ribbon cutting, to operations, Canadian building projects have never relied more on technology. Smart buildings, which give owners access to a near limitless stream of data, are on the rise across the country. Along with simplifying operations and maintenance through unified building systems, they are helping owners apply a whole life cycle mentality to take projects from cradle to grave.

This new approach to building is recalibrating owner demands on general contractors during the construction phase, as well as leading GCs to set new benchmarks for their subcontractors.

High-cost buildings, such as hospitals and big-ticket office towers, have been the first to go smart, but falling costs for sensors and software, coupled with promising returns, mean smart buildings are likely to become increasingly common across Canada in the years to come.

This March experts from three leaders in the space — Black and McDonald, EllisDon and Modern Niagara — looked at the ways smart buildings are forcing job sites to evolve and share some of the steps GCs and subs need to take to ensure they aren’t left behind.


In case you missed the live event, watch the full panel discussion, presented by On-Site, HPAC and Electrical Business magazines, below

Our panellists:

  • Colin Flock, vice-president of operations, Facilities Services, EllisDon
  • Erica Brabon, director, Energy & Sustainability, Facility Services, Black & McDonald
  • Sam Boyajian, vice-president, Integrated Building Technology, Modern Niagara
  • David Kennedy, editor, On-Site (moderator)



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