Thank you to all who joined us for our ‘Why Smart Buildings?’ Virtual Executive Forum: Navigating the New World, How the COVID-19 Crisis Has Strengthened the Case for Smart Buildings Practices and Technologies.
Cara Carmichael of the Rocky Mountain Institute, Art Smith of DB Engineering and Matt Golden of Recurve had an engaging conversation with Kerry Meade of the Smart Buildings Center as they explored the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on commercial buildings.
Throughout the 60-minute session, panelists discussed how the pandemic has strengthened the case for smart buildings technologies and practices to help mitigate unforeseen crises, better manage building operations, and meet the needs of tenants, occupants and other stakeholders in the built environment.
Topics covered during the discussion included:
- The dramatic behavioral changes during the pandemic for those working in clean energy/energy efficiency and the built environment
- Thoughts and concerns about “going back to normal” as buildings reopen amidst the COVID-19 pandemic
- How smart technologies can help better manage crises in the built environment going forward
- Ways in which buildings and building technologies can better support grid resiliency/reliability
- How things we have experienced and learned during the pandemic will change our industry
- Practical advice on things we can do now and lessons we should apply to our current activities to re-occupy buildings and maintain safer conditions going forward
If you missed the event or would like to listen to it again, the recording is now available on the SBC YouTube channel.
Thank you again to Cara, Art, and Matt for joining us for such an engaging discussion about the critical role of buildings and building technologies in driving society toward a new normal as we emerge from our homes and return to public life inside of buildings.