Integrating Smart Buildings into the Smart Grid

How the smart grid will affect building owners

Smart Grid News, January 10, 2014

Many buildings are already smart, thanks to building automation systems (BAS) that show exactly what’s happening inside. Indeed, building automation has been evolving for more than 40 years. The next step is to integrate smart buildings into the smart grid.

Eventually, the smart grid will be able to communicate directly with individual buildings and even with individual devices inside. The traditional power grid is a one-way stream of power that reacts relatively slowly to changes in demand. The smart grid will be able to adjust both supply and demand in real time to match.

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