5 lessons the building industry can learn from a Fitbit

Read the full story in GreenBiz.

Personal fitness tracking has taken hold of people in a big way. Wearable tracking devices such as Fitbit, Jawbone and FuelBand allow consumers to track their physical activity, heart rate, calories burned and more.

Demand for these devices has grown incredibly over the last few years, with one in 10 U.S. adults owning one. Fitbit has sold more than 20 million devices since 2007 and has just gone public.

This growing trend of gathering more data and performing more data analysis can be applied to buildings as well. Just as tracking your physical activity can improve your fitness, tracking a building’s energy use has the potential to reduce a building’s energy use.

Smart buildings minimize energy cost, support a robust electric grid and mitigate environmental impact. As the number of smart buildings grows and the technology matures, we can learn some lessons from wearable fitness trackers.

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