Cloud computing – making software and data available to laptops and computers virtually rather than from proprietary data centers – is likely to be one of those industry-shifting technologies we one day take for granted. Today, cloud computing is still somewhat new, especially in the construction industry, but it’s already making waves. According to a recent GreenBiz.com article, by tapping into the power of cloud computing, US companies could save a combined $12.3 billion in server energy costs and see a shrinkage of carbon emissions of 85.7 million tons by 2020. Not only that, but a Pike Research report recently found that 38% of the data centre requirements worldwide could be cut if the world made the switch to cloud computing.
Making software available from anywhere in the world rather than tied to individual personal computers by offering services through remote servers holds promise for significantly transforming the world of green building design. These are some of the advantages it offers:
- More computing power: In order to develop accurate, detailed models of how buildings will perform to project accurate energy consumption and water use, we need more computing power. That’s ever more possible in a cloud computing environment where the size of your computer doesn’t limit your power to analyze precise building simulations.
- Greater computing speed: Since most cloud software is hosted on speedy servers (and lots of them), cloud computing can offer faster analysis. This can vastly reduce the amount of time needed to do conceptual building analysis and garner integrated solutions in a collaborative framework.
- Accurate building management: The development of better building codes and regulations for energy efficiencies relies on hard data regarding the current state of building energy consumption, but this type of data is often difficult to come by on a large scale. That’s where the cloud comes in. Designers, architects, building owners, and occupants can both input and access to real-time data through the cloud. Not only will the collection of vast amounts of building data make it more feasible to develop realistic and ambitious building codes to save energy, it will put the power to improve the performance of a building in the hands of those using and designing it.
- Better collaboration: By allowing multiple people to contribute to a building’s design from diverse locations, cloud computing will allow for greater collaboration and data sharing than ever before, garnering big benefits for the advancement of innovative building designs.
- On site data crunching: With the cloud, on-site contractors can input real-world adjustments and specifications, allowing designers and contractors to work together in a short span of time to shift project designs as needed in order to achieve the higher performance results.
Since architects and engineers expect that their work will go with them everywhere they go, cloud computing will no doubt become more and more important in the green building industry in the next couple of years. Knowing the increases in flexibility and mobility the cloud offers, Sefaira is confident that platforms like ours will help to transform the sector by offering more infinite computing power on the ground than ever before.