Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
Smart Building Technology Working Group Kicks Off at 2018 Conference

CTBUH Smart Building Technology Working Group contributors Peter Halliday, Head of Building Performance & Sustainability, Siemens (left) and Santeri Suoranta, Head of Technology - Major Projects, KONE, discuss the potential outputs of the group at the CTBUH 2018 Middle East Conference in Dubai.

Saturday, 20 October 2018

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DUBAI - The CTBUH Smart Technology Working Group held its first meeting at the CTBUH 2018 Middle East Conference in Dubai. Chaired by CTBUH Vice-Chairman David Malott, Founder and CEO, AI., the purpose of the Group is to produce a definitive document on smart technologies for tall buildings. The target audience will be a general audience, perhaps beyond CTBUH’s normal membership universe, with an emphasis on clarity of language that can cut through the confusion generated by a field dominated by overuse of technical jargon and acronyms.

Although the most common output of a CTBUH Working Group is a softcover Technical Guide, the Smart Technology Working Group, almost from the outset, held open the strong possibility that the final product might be an electronic document, online forum, or some other kind of electronic asset that could be updated frequently, given the speed of change inherent to the field. Regardless of format, the product will be in plain English, and provide a distinguishable “roadmap” for understanding the journey of several “personas” on the road to adoption of a successful smart building strategy. In other words, a sketch of the experiences of a building owner-developer, architect, contractor or manager in developing, operating and updating a smart building will emerge.

As a first step, the group resolved to settle on a definition of “smart” that will be broadly applicable, and to meet routinely. The group also maintains an open call for more participants, particularly from the owner and tenant communities. The objective is to achieve the first “edition” or “iteration” of the product by the end of March 2019, with refinements occurring thereafter.
Surname First Name Company Location CTBUH Role
Malott David AI. New York, USA Vice-Chairman
Safarik Daniel CTBUH Chicago, USA Editor
Brickell Peter AECOM London, UK Smart Building Technology Working Group
Halliday Peter Siemens Building Technology Zürich, Switzerland Smart Building Technology Working Group
Mills Shonn Ramboll Group Copenhagen, Denmark Smart Building Technology Working Group
Suoranta Santeri KONE Hyvinkää, Finland Smart Building Technology Working Group