Smart Building Technology Told in a Story

How best to tell the story of Smart Buildings than through the most familiar of building typologies? We all cherish our home experience. But how do we make our homes an integral part of our Jetson Lifestyle?
Smart Home
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Smart Homes

A Holistic Approach

What You Will Learn

  • The Smart Home

    The first part of this course explored the possibilities with Smart Buildings. Diverse innovations were uncovered, leveraging the Foundational Framework of Smart Building Technology. Stories that reshaped history were told...

  • The Smart Delivery

    Beyond the possibilities with Smart Building Technology, it takes a collaborative and innovative delivery vehicle - that is the focus of the second part of the course. Lots of digital transformation and trends were explored in an interactive manner.

  • The Smart Innovations

    The third part of the course put the first two parts into application. It started by exploring the peculiarities of Smart Home delivery in African Cities. It ended by offering a business perspective to Smart Home delivery.

Course curriculum

  1. 1
    • About the Author

    • Preface

    • Before we begin...

  2. 2
    • A - Part 1 Overview

  3. 3
    • 1.0 Abstract

    • 1.1 Introduction

    • 1.2 What is a Smart Home?

    • 1.3 Basic Components of a Smart Home

    • 1.4 Present Day Smart Homes

    • 1.5 Innovations to Smart Homes

    • 1.6 The Delivery of Smart Homes

    • 1.7 Smart Home Solutions

    • 1.8 The Future Smart Homes

    • Chapter 1 Lessons

    • Chapter 1 Quiz

  4. 4
    • 2.0 Abstract

    • 2.1 Introduction

    • 2.2 The OSI Reference Model

    • 2.3 The Physical Layer

    • 2.4 The Communication Protocols

    • 2.5 The Database

    • 2.6 Smart Building Design

    • 2.7 Smart Building Delivery

    • 2.8 Smart Building Management

    • Chapter 2 Lessons

    • Chapter 2 Quiz

  5. 5
    • 3.0 Abstract

    • 3.1 Introduction

    • 3.2 The Substructure

    • 3.3 The Vertical Elements

    • 3.4 The Horizontal Elements

    • 3.5 The Openings

    • 3.6 The Transport Components

    • 3.7 The Utility Spaces

    • 3.8 The Aesthetic Expression

    • Chapter 3 Lessons

    • Chapter 3 Quiz

  6. 6
    • 4.0 Abstract

    • 4.1 Introduction

    • 4.2 Energy/Comfort Systems

    • 4.3 Entertainment Systems

    • 4.4 Security Systems

    • 4.5 Communication Systems

    • 4.6 Management/Utility Systems

    • 4.7 Lifestyle Systems

    • 4.8 The Control

    • Chapter 4 Lessons

    • Chapter 4 Quiz

  7. 7
    • 5.0 Abstract

    • 5.1 Interlude

    • 5.2 Introduction

    • 5.3 Uniform Infrastructure

    • 5.4 DC Electricity - Solar Power

    • 5.5 Operating System

    • 5.6 Data-as-a-service

    • 5.7 Next-gen Value Chain

    • 5.8 Part 1 Summary

    • Chapter 5 Lessons

    • Chapter 5 Quiz

  8. 8
    • B - Part 2 Overview

  9. 9
    • 6.0 Abstract

    • 6.1 Introduction

    • 6.2 The Team

    • 6.3 Project Goals

    • 6.4 Process Maps

    • 6.5 Information Exchanges

    • 6.6 Support Infrastructure

    • 6.7 The BIM Plan

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    • 6.8 The Facility Program

    • Chapter 6 Lessons

    • Chapter 6 Quiz

  10. 10
    • 7.0 Abstract

    • 7.1 Introcduction

    • 7.2 The Coordination Checklist

    • 7.3 Specification Documentation

    • 7.4 BIM Deliverable

    • 7.5 Experience Design

    • 7.6 Analyses

    • 7.7 The BIM Model

    • 7.8 Support Documents

    • Chapter 7 Lessons

    • Chapter 7 Quiz

  11. 11
    • 8.0 Abstract

    • 8.1 Introduction

    • 8.2 The Key Players

    • 8.3 The Common Data Environment

    • 8.4 Planning Tools

    • 8.5 Design Tools

    • 8.6 Field Management Tools

    • 8.7 Inventory Tools

    • 8.8 Business Management Tools

    • Chapter 8 Lessons

    • Chapter 8 Quiz

  12. 12
    • 9.0 Abstract

    • 9.1 Introduction

    • 9.2 Choose the Prefabrication Level

    • 9.3 Rationalize the BIM Model

    • 9.4 Choose the Fabrication Type(s)

    • 9.5 The Assembly Line

    • 9.6 The Supply Chain

    • 9.7 On-site Installations

    • 9.8 Lean Manufacturing Principles

    • Chapter 9 Lessons

    • Chapter 9 Quiz

  13. 13
    • 10.0 Abstract

    • 10.1 Introduction

    • 10.2 The 7th BIM Dimension

    • 10.3 Facility Handover

    • 10.4 The Facility Manager

    • 10.5 Building Management System

    • 10.6 Facility Management System

    • 10.7 End-user Support

    • 10.8 Part 2 Summary

    • Chapter 10 Lessons

    • Chapter 10 Quiz

  14. 14
    • C - Part 3 Overview

  15. 15
    • 11.0 Abstract

    • 11.1 Introduction

    • 11.2 Housing & Urbanization

    • 11.3 Existing Constraints

    • 11.4 Current Realities

    • 11.5 Opportunities

    • 11.6 The Place of PPP

    • 11.7 Advocacy Coalition

    • 11.8 The Place of Technology

    • Chapter 11 Lessons

    • Chapter 11 Quiz

  16. 16
    • 12.0 Abstract

    • 12.1 Introduction

    • 12.2 Client Discovery

    • 12.3 Design Coordination

    • 12.4 Partners' Coordination

    • 12.5 Fabrication

    • 12.6 Handover & Maintenance

    • 12.7 Smart Home Solutions

    • 12.8 Executive Summary

    • Chapter 12 Lessons

    • Chapter 12 Quiz

  17. 17
    • Acknowledgements

    • About the Blaze Initiative

    • More resources for you

    • Before you go...

Meet The Instructor

Co-founder/BIM Architect

Onyema Udeze

Onyema Udeze is the host of The Blaze Podcast. He is the co-founder of Blaze Inc., a fast-rising startup, based in Nigeria that is tackling the inefficiencies in the built sector through numerous channels; such as services, and interactive content. He is also a Founding Director of ‘BIM Africa Initiative’, a pan-African, membership-based, non-profit organisation charged with BIM Awareness and Implementations across Africa. He is the author of the book Essentials of Smart Building Technology, which is currently available on all the popular e-book stores. He is an Instructor at Linkedin Learning. He is an Autodesk Certified Professional for Revit Architecture, Mechanical and Electrical. By profession, he is an Architect. But he has a vast interest in Technology Solutions in the built sector, especially those with relevant applications across Africa.

Additional Benefits

What comes with the course?

  • The course comes with a certificate from BIM Africa at the end

  • Each chapter comes with a quiz to test your knowledge

  • Each chapter comes with a pdf version of the lessons for deeper learning

What people are saying

Hassan Anifowose

Architect/Co-founder, Chronos Studeos

I am ultimately interested in all of Blaze's offerings. I am an avid reader of their publications because of the top quality insights they give on Smart Building Technology and BIM. I highly recommend to anyone interested in these subjects.

Dolapo Amole (Prof.)

Architect/Lecturer, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-ife.

Onyema has opened a new discourse by introducing readers in a readable manner to the basics of SMART BUILDINGS. It is a very useful resource material for this generation of Architects and Builders. It is also a bold endeavor and a great feat. I have followed Onyema's monthly write-ups on Smart Buildings and I must confess that they have been very educative...

Edes Ikhuoria

Architect, Indus Builders and Developers.

This is an insightful ensemble of Solution-driven Practices in Smart Technologies for the building industry. It is a step in the right direction and a panacea for the stale practices present in our built environment.

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