Smarter Building Technology Symposium

When: April 24, 2013

Time: 8:30am to 4:30pm

(morning refreshments, lunch, and afternoon refreshments provided)

Where: University of Illinois Conference Center



This event is brought to you by CITES Classroom and Conference Media Engineering (CCME) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The Smarter Building Technology Symposium is a day-long program that serves to provide information to participants regarding the newest developments in designing, installing, and utilizing technologies in physical spaces. This event inaugurates CCME’s development of future, shorter and more in-depth events dedicated to exploring areas of interest to many different stakeholders, such as more on technology in physical spaces, standards, and collaboration.

The concept of “smart buildings” has been around for decades. It has been a purely theoretical concept for most of that time. In the last few years, technology has improved, IP networks have become ubiquitous, and off-the-shelf systems have become available.

This symposium is intended to bring together the Illinois design and construction community to begin to explore these concepts – and – to understand how to start implementing best practices in future projects.

The agenda will explore the following:

  • Great example projects from around the U.S.
  • Best Practices
  • Moving from “design intent” to more detailed specifications
  • Cross-pollinating specifications to assure required outcomes from multiple contractors

As a leader in the Illinois design and construction community, your presence is crucial to the ultimate success of delivering next-generation projects.

What is a Smart Building?

Smart buildings are known by many names—“smart”, “intelligent”, and “integrated”, primarily. Regardless of what we call them, smart buildings are defined as “living” structures that predict and respond to the habits of their users in ways that benefit both the economy and the environment. Utilizing an assortment of sensors, cable pathways, solar panels, shading, video surveillance, and access controls, these newest additions to the built environment also offer a holistic view of the building through dashboards that render complex data into accessible information at a glance. Formed at the exciting intersection of green technology, IT network convergence, and Integrated Project Delivery (IPD), smart buildings combine advances in hardware and software to create comfortable, sustainable, data-rich work spaces.

Smart building technologies (SBT) are not so much firm products as they are part of an ongoing “process”, in the words of Michael Carter, Director of Integrated Building Solutions at AMX. Smart buildings are physical testaments to continuing collaboration between diverse, and usually separate, disciplines within the construction industry.

What is STEP?

STEP is an acronym for the Sustainable Technology Environments Program (STEP), a rating system and guide managed by the STEP Foundation, a nonprofit organization comprised of technology trade associations representatives, their members and STEP supporters. At its core, STEP is intended to bring sustainability to the process of planning, designing, integrating and operating technology systems, as well as reduce long-term environmental impact from technology deployment.

STEP was envisioned to encompass all low-voltage building and communication technologies into a phase-by-phase, sustainable deployment process. STEP not only accounts for the ongoing energy consumption of information technology systems but also for the reduction of raw materials in the deployment of information technology solutions and indoor environmental quality of technology-rich environments. STEP also encourages the use of information technologies to make buildings smarter and reduce paper consumption, as well as reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with travel.

As an organization dedicated to developing and installing AV solutions in all types of physical spaces according to the AV standards, CITES CCME is pleased to collaborate with industry leaders in AV and communications to present this event.

So please, come take part in exploring the process and outcomes of smart collaboration as David Wilts, Michael Carter, Scott Walker, David A. McNell, Bruce Toman, Allen Weidman, Jonathan Orlove, Charlie Buscarino, Mike Marquissee, and John Cook speak from experience regarding these buildings of the future.