Manual counsels 'smart building' design

June 28, 2006 -- Jim Sinopoli's book covers the basic design foundations, technology, and management systems encompassing a "smart building" framework.

Spicewood Publishing (Spicewood, TX) has released Jim Sinopoli's Smart Buildings - A Practical Guide for Architects, Engineers, Developers, Contractors and Design Consultants, a "how to" book covering the design and operation of the multitude of cabled systems involved in newly constructed buildings.

According to a press release, the book covers the basic design foundations, technology, and management systems encompassing a "smart building" framework. The book contends that smart building designs can enable cost savings in construction and operation, and improved functionality via system integration.

The book argues that the design of such buildings is a significant trend in both technology and real estate development, noting that major technology companies such as Cisco Systems have created "connected" real estate groups to focus on the needs of this emerging market.

"Technology always has and always will influence the buildings we build," says Sinopoli. "The convergence of communications networks within our buildings is a significant technological and building transformation."

Sonopli maintains that the basis for smart building designs depends upon a handful of technical standards that are ubiquitous within computer networks, and that these standards are in the process of dominating the marketplace, as evidenced by their use in telephones (VoIP) and video surveillance systems. According to Sonopli, other technology systems in buildings, such as lighting control, heating, ventilation and air conditioning, are also evolving to these standards, which are seen as "coalescing" to become integral components in smart building deployment.

Jim Sinopoli is a licensed professional engineer and a registered communications distribution designer, and a recipient of BICSI's Harry J. Pfister award.


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