By Anthony Capkun
March 10, 2021 – 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, 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.
Our esteemed panel with explore the ways smart buildings are forcing jobsites to evolve, and share some of the steps GCs and subs need to take to ensure they aren’t left behind.