HVAC professionals’ jobs are increasingly vital to the survival of the ecosystems in which they perform, particularly because of the extent of data and system integration used in modern facilities. Not only are these jobs becoming more important, but they are now more complex than ever before due to the ever-expanding impact of the Internet of Things (IoT).
In buildings of the past, the facility manager was the person who handled the mechanics and daily functions of the systems in the buildings they managed. Today’s facility managers are concerned with not only the building systems they have ownership of, but also with the plethora of smart, connected devices that interact with their facilities on a daily basis. Likewise equipment manufacturers are incorporating connected technologies directly into devices so they can take full advantage of the benefits of IoT, rather than obligating those installing the unit to add sensing and connective technologies after the fact.