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  • A Sustainable Space for 1,500 Species

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The use of more connected devices brings the buildings of today into the digital future

How connected technologies influence – and deliver – efficient, smarter buildings

Key Takeaways:

• Integrated IoT technologies are taking building owners to new levels of sustainability. 
• Sustainable, smart buildings are instrumental in managing today’s high demand for energy. 
• Shedd Aquarium leverages data analytics to help cut energy use in half by 2020.

Harmonizing the habitats of over 1,500 species under one roof while reducing energy use is a bold idea. Shedd Aquarium uses EcoStruxure™ Building to create a SUSTAINABLE and comfortable climate for everyone, aimed at cutting energy consumption by 50%.

In today’s digital economy, a new breed of buildings is emerging. As a key ingredient in expanding urban landscapes, buildings of all types are undergoing a major technological shift toward greater efficiency and sustainability, driven by connected technologies, big data and analytics.

The smart building
So, how do building owners and managers approach the challenge of digital technologies? Given that the goal is efficiency, comfort and productivity – for buildings, people – and, in this case, species – an integrated, IoT-driven approach is the secret.

For facilities like Shedd Aquarium – a  beloved institution in the city of Chicago – a unified, collaborative smart building IoT-based platform is intrinsic to meeting goals for sustainability and energy efficiency. 
Shedd Aquarium relies on EcoStruxure™ Building to manage everything from power use and lighting to HVAC and life support systems for its 1,500 aquatic species. Facility leaders have committed to a target of cutting energy consumption in half by 2020. To achieve that ambitious goal, they rely in part upon data gathering and analytics, all powered by digital technologies.

Data, data everywhere
In fact, one of the biggest trends today is digitization. The growth of data, information and devices that permeate our buildings and lives is moving at a rapid pace. Consider this:

• In 2014, there were 1.7 billion connected devices in buildings worldwide.
• By 2020, that number will more than triple to reach 5.5 billion. 
• Predictions show that 30% of building devices will be connected by 2020.

This presents a golden opportunity to redefine the sustainable, smart building. IoT makes possible real-time building optimization with connected products and devices – and it’s becoming easier to implement as the cost decreases.

Additionally, digitization of the lifecycle of buildings is spreading fast, enabling building owners to gain efficiencies through the design, build and operation stages of a building.

Learn how digital technologies open smart building opportunities for Shedd Aquarium.
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