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Smart buildings get sensitivity training

Investors have long recognised the importance of London as a global hub for tech, but there has been far less recognition of how relevant tech is becoming for property itself.

Although the expression “smart building” has been common currency for some years, perceptions of its meaning are little changed.

To most, a smart building is typically one incorporating automated systems to control heating, ventilation, lighting and perhaps security – with a strong focus on energy-efficiency to boost the building’s green credentials.

Desirable as these systems are, they hardly suggest a building is smart or…

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