March 16, 2017 Written by:Matt Bellias
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At a session in the Cognitive Building Forum, Peter Halliday, the Head of Building Performance and Sustainability at Siemens Building Technologies, shared his perspectives on the role the Internet of Things plays in building performance and sustainability.
Buildings are a central part of the world today. We live, work and play in them. We socialize, learn and engage in them. In fact, its estimated that we spend 93% of our time in buildings. Of course, buildings dont remain static once the builder hands over the keys their uses, occupants and components 
Siemens Buildings Technologies has over 300,000 systems installed, with 60,000 of them connected onto their Navigator platform. Navigator is a cloud-based energy management and sustainability platform developed in partnership with Watson IoT. Siemens plans on expanding Navigators use across its portfolio as buildings come online, Siemens will be able to connect them to the cloud and provide analytics rapidly through its IBM partnership, increasing operational performance.
Read two case studies to learn more about how theIBM Watson IoT for Buildingssolutions can help you optimize your real estate space and facilities.
The explosion of data and devices that are available today provides a massive opportunity to incorporate IoT into the performance of buildings and sustainability. With continued and rapid growth in IoT, buildings companies can and should utilize this opportunity to apply Internet of Things to optimize buildings, identify productivity improvements and switch to predictive maintenance instead of preventative maintenance, which will make building management more efficient and cost-effective.
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To elaborate on Peters view, IoT has made facilities management much easier, but has also made the discipline much more advanced. Buildings are becoming like living things, providing data and feedback on a real-time basis into energy requirements, IT efficiency, and much more. By connecting facility sensor data, human sensors, video, and other types of building data, you can gather significant feedback to help you make informed operational decisions. IBMsWatson IoT for Buildingsimproves this process further by applying cognitive capabilities to analyze, understand, and learn from all the data generated, giving you intelligent and innovative insights.
Watch the complete perspective shared by Peter in the forumhere.
Last year Siemens announced a global strategic alliance with IBM. The collaboration will develop future technology for Siemens Navigator platform and a joint real estate offering. Read thiswhite paperto learn more about this partnership and gain a deeper understanding of how you can apply the capabilities emerging out of this partnership to optimize facilities management.
Architecture, we imagine, is permanent, wrote Stewart Brand in his 1994 book How Buildings Learn. And so our buildings thwart us. Because they discount time, they misuse time. We live, work and engage with the world in buildings, and as we grow and evolve, so too do the buildings around us. They age and bits 
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Operations account for 71% of the total cost of a building over its lifespan, and buildings consume 42% of all electricitymore than any other asset. By 2025, buildings are projected to be the largest emitters of greenhouse gases on our planet. In the United States alone, buildings produce 38% of green-house gas emissions. So how can you make your buildings more green, efficient and cost-effective? There are several ways that Watson IoT for Buildings helps you:
Visit theCognitive Buildingspage for more information on how we see the science of facilities management changing with the Internet of Things.