Fitbits and Your Next Project

Just as the wearable tracker craze grows, so does the development of smart buildings. The next time you strap on your FitBit, make sure you truly improve your fitness by getting the most out of the data it provides you. Similarly with smart buildings, if we collect the right data, use it the right way and set goals we can have buildings that cut energy costs and reduce their carbon footprint.

One in 10 US adults now owns a wearable fitness tracking device, and a highly unscientific survey reveals that number is way higher in the RNL office. This article draws a comparison between tracking personal fitness and tracking (and impacting through design) the energy consumption of buildings.  This is a highly valid analogy in these days of big-data saturation and may come in useful when dealing with clients having a hard time with energy goal-setting and the importance of building commissioning.  And on a side note, in the age of ever more sophisticated lighting control technologies there may be a day when a building only lights up when tapped... 

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