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Thoughts on the Future of High Performing, Intelligent Buildings

February 20, 2018
7:30 AM to 9:00 AM
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Wentworth Institute of Technology - Beatty Hall (Room 119)
550 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Thoughts on the Future of High Performing, Intelligent Buildings

Low cost computing, data analytics, the IOT, machine learning and modern communication technologies are leading to a proliferation of ‘smart building’ devices and systems. These offerings tend to be proprietary, system specific, supplier driven, and they often result in excessive costs, malignant complexity, and questionable return on investment. Nevertheless, advanced technology has the potential to greatly improve building performance, and will impact the construction industry and the built environment just as it is rapidly impacting military, medical, manufacturing and automotive industries.

Join CMAA New England to hear from F Jeffrey Murray, FAIA, Practice Leader from CH2M (now Jacobs), in a presentation, based on a multi-year research effort by a team of architects, engineers, and technologists, that explains the complexity of modern buildings; then provides a holistic framework for managing/taming that complexity [original research]; and describes how advanced technology impacts resource sustainability, building/system resilience, and occupant experience. This research provides a brief overview of existing standards and scorecards for sustainability, resilience, and wellness; then identifies the key factors that impact resource sustainability, occupant experience, system resilience and advanced technology while exploring the relationships between each.

Then the presentation takes a deeper dive into advanced technologies [smart features], addressing the integration of: spaces and systems, physical and digital experience, and physical and cyber security. The ongoing development of next generation ‘cyber-physical systems’ [CPS] is introduced, and the 4 ‘levers’ of building intelligence [original research] are described.

These ideas are illustrated by 3 case studies.  

Although the current state of smart buildings is somewhat chaotic, the momentum and potential value of these technologies is undeniable, and buildings designed now need to anticipate the future improvements to be able to take advantage of rapidly evolving technology advances to improve performance, resilience, and sustainability.

Event Date, Time & Location:
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
7:30 AM – Registration & Breakfast
8:00 AM – Presentation & Questions
9:00 AM – Questions and Closing

Wentworth Institute of Technology
Beatty Hall, Rm 119 (Back of Cafeteria)
550 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Parking at Wentworth is unavailable. Public parking is available near the Museum of Fine Arts (20 Museum Rd, Boston, MA 02115). Or take the Green Line E Train to Museum of Fine Arts stop.

Please register on line at: Select your event and method of payment. Select: $35 for CMAA members, $50 for non-members, $15 Federal/State/Local Employees, Registered students attend for free.



F Jeffrey Murray, FAIA Practice Leader from CH2M (now Jacobs)  has more than 3 decades of experience in design and project leadership on a wide range of complex building types including research, academic, public, and corporate facilities. He is in the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA) recognized for his leadership and innovation in the design of complex research facilities and for his leadership on how facility design impacts human performance and collaboration. 

Jeff has pioneered iterative and collaborative design processes that engage stakeholders as active participants in the design process. His expertise includes the design of research and administrative facilities, high performance building envelopes, renovations and additions, and smart buildings which integrate technology, sustainability, and resilience to improve occupant experience.

He has written about and presented at a number of national and international conferences on the human and technical aspects of architectural design. His B-ARCH degree is from the University of Notre Dame, and his M-ARCH degree is from The Ohio State University.


$35.00 Member Ticket

$15.00 Federal/State/Local Employee Ticket

$50.00 Non-Member Ticket

$0.00 Student Ticket

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