Intelligent Buildings International
Professor Derek Clements-Croome
School of Construction Management and Engineering
The University of Reading, UK
4 issues per year
An intelligent building provides a sustainable, responsive, effective and supportive environment within which individuals and organisations can achieve their objectives. Technology is fundamental, but is an enabler rather than an end in itself.
Going beyond traditional engineering and architecture solutions, the Intelligent Buildings International (INBI) journal examines new methodologies and tools for intelligent buildings, smart materials and systems, and explores the wider context beyond theoretical foundations, linking practical solutions with philosophical or sociological considerations.
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Intelligent buildings are ones in which the building fabric, space, services and information systems can respond in an effective manner to the demands of the owner, the occupier and the environment.
Intelligent buildings are essentially about people, processes and systems. The interdisciplinary nature of the design and management processes are important, together with emerging Methodologies and innovations such as smart materials, embedded systems and robotics. Evaluation tools are applied in an integrated and holistic manner. Intelligent Buildings International examines developments in the design, construction and operating processes for intelligent buildings, and explores the wider context, including practical solutions which take into account sociological and economic considerations. Lessons from nature and vernacular architecture will also feature.
The principal areas covered include:
• understanding how the built environment affects people’s well-being
• sustainable design and management
• automation and innovative systems
• approaches to design