Determination of the influence of specific building regulations in smart buildings

Anglés, Susana, Ganah, Abdulkadir orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-9911-8505, Santos, Alfonso, Leube, Francisco and Rincón, Óscar (2014) Determination of the influence of specific building regulations in smart buildings. Intelligent Buildings International, 6 (4). pp. 239-254. ISSN 1750-8975

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The automation of domestic services began to be implemented in buildings since the late nineteenth century, and today we are used to terms like ‘intelligent buildings’, ‘digital home’ or ‘domotic buildings’. These concepts tell us about constructions which integrate
new technologies in order to improve comfort, optimize energy consumption or enhance the security of users. In conjunction, building regulations have been updated to suit the needs of society and to regulate these new facilities in such structures. However, we are not always
sure about how far, from the quantitative or qualitative point of view, legislation should
regulate certain aspects of the building activity. Consequently, content analysis is adopted in
this research to determine the influence of building regulations in the implementation of
new technologies in the construction process. This study includes the analysis of different
European regulations, the collection and documentation of such guidelines that have been
established and a study of the impact that all of these have had in the way we start thinking an architectural project. The achievements of the research could be explained in terms of the regulatory requirements that must be taken into account in order to achieve a successful implementation of a home automation system, and the key finding has been the confirmation of how the design of smart buildings may be promoted through specific regulatory requirements while other factors, such as the global economic situation, do not seem to affect directly the rate of penetration of home automation in construction.

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