New Technology in

Building Design

Author’s Corner


In his white paper, Byron James, Senior Director of Engineering Services, provides insight into the latest building design technology. He analyzes facial recognition, energy management, human temperature monitoring, and more.

Please click on the video to the right to learn more about Byron, his paper’s key takeaways, and his motivation for writing on this subject.

To discuss building design technology, please contact Byron using his information provided at the bottom of the white paper.

The options today in building design technologies for architects and engineers are unlimited. From exterior to interior, the choices in building security, environmental monitoring, personal protection, and communication systems are vast. This white paper is focused on technology available in the marketplace and how to find balance within the design. Below is a sample of the latest technology for building designers.

TechnologyOfficesMixed UseHealthcareResidential
Occupancy sensors YES YES YES Limited
Voice-activated elevators YES YES YES Limited
Antiviral surfaces and coatings YES YES YES YES
Ultraviolet/germicidal lighting YES YES YES YES
Facial recognition technology YES YES YES Limited
Thermal infrared temperature sensors YES YES YES Limited
Automatic/hands-free doors YES YES YES Limited
Programmable digital signage YES YES YES Not Necessary
Capacity tracking and monitoring YES YES YES Not Necessary
Hands-free sinks/toilets YES YES YES YES
Energy monitoring/management YES YES YES YES
Security alarms and cameras YES YES YES YES
RFID terminals YES YES YES Not Necessary
Upgrade/improve HVAC systems YES YES YES YES
Hands-free/smart appliances YES YES YES YES
Flexible and reconfigurable walls YES YES YES YES

Let’s explore several of the technologies mentioned above for use in building design.

In building design, facial recognition is primarily used for security, allowing companies to control access to a building or sensitive areas.

The analytical outcome from facial recognition data is employee timekeeping, the number of employees in a building, and high traffic areas of the workspace.

Facial recognition has numerous applications, including preventing retail crime, locating people/children, recognizing VIP’s at sporting events, validating identity during ATM transactions, and many others.

facial recognition

Hands-free appliances are a great addition to the office or home to reduce the spread of germs, for convenience and safety, and to conserve energy.

Many of our modern-day appliances are considered hands-free, such as lighting, phones, soap dispensers, and garage doors. Recent technology advances have added hands-free refrigerators, thermostats, microwaves, stoves, trash cans, dishwashers, water faucets, televisions, and toilets.

Human temperature monitoring has become a “hot” topic due to COVID 19 and the potential for future virus outbreaks.

Several biometric technologies have been developed to monitor individuals and large crowds to detect people that demonstrate a higher than normal temperature. These technologies range from infrared cameras, to kiosk stations, to sensors within cell phones.

As global business and travel expands, the need for such monitoring will become more prevalent.

Human temperature monitoring

Energy management

Energy management continues to be a technology that is being developed and implemented through many new building and retrofit designs.

Some of the technologies being deployed are solar, efficient HVAC systems, renewable, or high energy systems. Designers also deploy energy modeling early in the design process to understand the efficiency of their designs.

Although the technology choices are many, our staff of architects and engineers are well-versed in the design and implementation of these innovations. Our teams use the latest software tools to represent these features within our client designs. We keep abreast of the latest technology through education, webinars, and by working with leading design firms throughout the world.

Byron James

Meet the Author

Byron James - Senior Director Engineering Services

Byron James is the Senior Director of Engineering for Vee Technologies where he directs the sales team, manages projects nationwide, and develops organizational strategies. His areas of expertise cover a broad range of services and technologies in the fields of product engineering, architecture, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, (MEP) and information technology. Byron holds a patent for software that enables business collaboration from his work at IBM.

New Technology in Building Design