The Road Ahead – From the Watson IoT Cognitive Building Forum

The Road Ahead – From the Watson IoT Cognitive Building Forum


Guy Raz (Host) – Some people
say that today’s buildings are still stuck in the stone age. And that in fact they are
not more intelligent than a cave. Do you think that’s true?
Graca Carvalho (UCL) – I unfortunately think so, yes, I think UCL has some very lovely
beautiful old buildings, however in a day that is hot and humid you die because you
cannot have enough ventilation, a lot of windows all of these are of these are retrofitted
a few years ago, just 2 – 3 years ago , still the efficiency of the building its not existent.
The actual layout of the rooms is still not more allow the flow of people and doesn’t
allow the way of interaction that we actually have today amongst researchers and creative
minds. So there’s still a great majority of buildings that do not facilitate or do not allow
us to behave the way we would like to behave. And also from a comfort point of view also
have quite some limitations. From my point of view i think we should have been doing
much better than we are, really. Claire Penny (IBM) – So you get the thing
that you get throughout the building process where you might have a fantastic design but
when it gets to the procurement stage, procurement will go all “no, no, no, no” we’re going to
buy the cheapest Guy Raz (Host) – What kind of investment are
you talking about? Richard Harrison (Gensler) – I think one of
the biggest hurdles we come across in trying to implement technology whether it’s environmental
or experiential, it comes down to cost and I think at the outset with the best intentions
it’s built into the brief, but often the reality is that by the time it gets somewhere down
the design chain, there’s this rather ruthless value engineering exercise and it’s dumbed
down which is so frustrating and part of that is born out of the fact that it’s very very
hard to materialize the intangible. You can say that this building will by implementing
light sensors, incredible air quality, your workforce will become super productive and
the benefits far out way the financial input, but I think that increasingly now with the
use of data gathering and cold hard facts that will help to begin to crystalize the
benefit in a way that hasn’t been presented before.

Danny Hutson

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