What is it about?

Smart and sustainable building technologies have to be properly understood, defined, and designed before they can be utilized by "smart" users. Hence, we aimed to identify salient smart and sustainable building features from building professionals’ perspective and explores what determines building professionals’ intention to use such building technologies.

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Why is it important?

We reviewed the extant literature and identified a list of important smart and sustainable building features encompassing the technological, ecological, and social aspects of buildings. We found that Hong Kong’s building professionals viewed an intelligent security to be the most important feature, followed by intelligent and responsive fresh air supply and thermal control. On the other hand, they considered an intelligent system that monitors people movement to be the least important one - creating a security-privacy paradox. Our results also indicated that the extended TAM could explain building professionals’ intention to use smart and sustainable building technologies and the strongest predictor of Behavioral Intention (BI) was Facilitating Condition (FC).


People have talked about smart cities, smart buildings, smart systems, smart devices, etc. for quite a while. Yet, the 'smartness' of an object is dependent on how the object is conceived, designed, built (or manufactured), utilized (or used), evolved (or upgraded), disposed, etc. We tried to address the first two issues in this article while we and other researchers should try to figure out how 'smart' whatever are used and evolved.

Professor W.M. To
Macao Polytechnic University

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This page is a summary of: Building professionals’ intention to use smart and sustainable building technologies – An empirical study, PLoS ONE, August 2018, PLOS, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0201625.
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