The Smart Buildings Center Education Program (SBCEP) is a 501c3 non-profit organization that believes the smarter use of technology and practices in the built environment, particularly as they relate to building operations and management, will enable a cleaner, healthier and more productive future. SBCEP seeks to establish thought leadership for smart technologies and practices within the built environment, and pursues its objective through the following pillars of activity: delivering training programs to educate the building workforce of the future; enabling industry leading demonstration projects; and connecting the industry through hosting and participating in smart building events.
What is a Smart Building?
A smart building is a connected building. There is no one thing that makes a building smart or not smart, but rather a building becomes smarter by leveraging smart practices and technologies to improve building operations and occupant productivity and well-being. For some, this means automating processes to better control the building’s operations, connecting building systems to one another and to the internet to allow remote control and enable data mining and even artificial intelligence to improve building performance. Smart buildings leverage Internet of Things (IoT) technologies to communicate and analyze data that is used to control the building and optimize the building systems. Smart(er) buildings provide a myriad of benefits including greater efficiency and cost savings, decreased maintenance costs, increased productivity, tenant retention, and increased property value.
The Smart Buildings Center (SBC) is a multi-functional energy efficiency headquarters on the first floor of the Pacific Tower in Seattle, Washington. The SBC serves anyone within the state with an interest in better understanding energy efficiency in commercial and institutional buildings. Our specific focus is showcasing where smart meets efficient.
Two conference rooms and a large flexible training and event space can be reserved for industry trainings, events, classroom-style lectures, large-scale exhibits and demonstrations, and/or flexible presentations.
Tool Lending Library
Our tool lending library loans a wide spectrum of diagnostic tools, including data loggers, multi-meters, flow measurement devices, and more (and training on how to use them).
Events and Demonstrations
We have onsite demonstrations of the capabilities of analytical and visualization applications that can turn building performance data into actionable information for energy savings. At SBC we connect the building industry through hosting and participating in events and providing demonstrations throughout our space and in the real world.