What is it about?

Smart buildings conserve energy and create a responsive, comfortable, and productive indoor environment for users and occupants. As a crucial component of smart buildings, smart building management system (SBMS) should provide a wide range of functions and bring about the intended benefits upon successful deployment. This paper identifies salient SBMS attributes and explores key factors influencing building professionals’ intention to use the system in commercial buildings.

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Our findings show that intelligent building operations and safety & recovery readiness are two key dimensions of SBMS. Additionally, structural equation model (SEM) results indicate that facilitating conditions affect habit, hedonic motivation, social influence, performance expectancy and effort expectancy while habit, hedonic motivation and effort expectancy significantly affect building professionals’ intention to use SBMS. Thus, when the direct and indirect effects are considered together, facilitating condition has the greatest effect on building professionals’ intention to use SBMS in commercial buildings.


We hope this article will stimulate more research work about SBMS. In fact, SBMS cannot and shall not be studied in isolation in future because it will be integrated with other smart systems (e.g., smart power systems, smart disaster warning systems) at the city- or country-level.

Professor W.M. To
Macao Polytechnic University

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This page is a summary of: Smart Building Management System (SBMS) for Commercial Buildings—Key Attributes and Usage Intentions from Building Professionals’ Perspective, Sustainability, December 2022, MDPI AG, DOI: 10.3390/su15010080.
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