Introduction to Smart Building Technologies  

Education Type: 
1 hour
Professional Development Hours: 
1.0 PDH
Sponsored by: 

This session introduces smart building technologies and gives an overview of the video series. It begins with defining what smart buildings are and explaining the benefits they bring and industry trends that drive the need for smart buildings. The session then discusses how smart buildings work, including smart building elements, various building systems that are commonly a part of smart buildings, sensors and IOT devices, individual and smart building controls, and smart building design.


Xiaohui "Joe" Zhou, PhD, PE, CEM, Director of Research and Innovation, Slipstream  

Xiaohui "Joe" Zhou is a Director of Research and Innovation at Slipstream, headquartered in Madison, WI. Joe has 30+ years of experience in commercial building controls and his current areas of research focus on emerging technology field testing and verification. Before joining Slipstream, he worked for several organizations, including Iowa Energy Center and Johnson Controls. He served as principal investigator for multi-million-dollar R&D projects sponsored by U.S. DOE, DOD, DOC, ASHRAE, and utilities. Joe has been an active member of ASHRAE since 2002 and is an AEE-certified energy manager. Currently, he serves as the Research Chair of ASHRAE Technical Committee TC 7.5 Smart Building Systems and is also the Chair of the ASHRAE Standing Guideline Project Committee (SGPC) 36, High-Performance Sequences of Operation for HVAC Systems. He earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Zhejiang University (China), a master's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Connecticut, and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Iowa State University.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, attendees will be able to:

  • Introduce the smart building concept;
  • Discuss the benefits of smart buildings ;
  • Outline industry trends and drivers;
  • Explain how smart buildings work.