The Leading News & Information Service For The Facilities, Workplace & Built Environment Community

RIBA Launches New Smart Building Overlay

RIBA Launches New Smart Building Overlay
28 February 2024

The Royal Institute of British Architects has developed a Smart Building Overlay to the 2020 RIBA Plan of Work. 


Watch the Video



The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), alongside ScanTech Digital, Glider Technology, Kier and Hoare Lea, has developed the free resource to support anyone involved in the design of new build, retrofit or refurbishment projects to implement smart building technology.  


Early Adoption


The main objective of the overlay is to prompt discussions of smart building technology at each work stage and in the process of briefing, designing, constructing and operating building projects. It encourages users to consider how the technology might support their desired project outcomes and helps them define “how smart” they want their project to be.

The overlay introduces smart building terminology and outlines the benefits of embedding smart building technology from the outset. In the guidance, RIBA states that developing the business case for smart building systems early on avoids potential compatibility issues at a later date.

One of the co-authors, Glider Technology’s Head of Product, John Adams, explained: “Glider has worked on a number of projects where smart technology has been an afterthought and it’s much harder to adopt later in a project. By fostering collaboration among stakeholders from the start of the project, it can proactively address interoperability issues and leverage integrated User Interface Platforms for seamless operation.”

RIBA President Muyiwa Oki added: “Our research shows that, too often, the decision to include smart technology in a project is often made too late. So, this guide prompts the client and project team to integrate smart technology discussions at every stage of design and construction. It recommends involving specialists at the earliest possible stage to ensure successful project outcomes.” 

Picture: a graphic showing a house, with a hand using a smartphone next to it. Above are icons representing capabilities of smart technology in buildings, such as lighting, temperature and CCTV. Image Credit: Pixabay

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 28 February 2024


Related Articles

RIBA Launches Award for Best Reuse of Buildings

The Royal Institute of British Architects has created a new award to celebrate buildings that have been reused or retrofitted. Four buildings have been shortlisted for...

 Read Full Article
How Technology and Smart Buildings Will Support the Daunting Retrofit Challenge

How will the intersection of retrofits, smart homes and digitally transformed building maintenance help the UK to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050? Nik Flytzanis,...

 Read Full Article
The Demand for Retrofit Advice

With retrofit remaining a key buzzword in the built environment, the demand for good quality guidance on the matter is growing.    Watch the...

 Read Full Article
Will 2024 be the Year of Retrofit?

The Building Engineering Services Association has urged the UK government to help accelerate growth in the number of whole building retrofit projects carried...

 Read Full Article
High Performing Buildings – September’s Roundup

This month’s high performing buildings roundup features the shortlist for the coveted RIBA Stirling Prize 2023. The prize is known as the UK’s most...

 Read Full Article
‘Security Needs to be as Integral to Building Design as Plumbing and Power’

Paula Balmori, Global Director of Security Design and Systems Integration at Brivo, argues her case for why security considerations need to be embedded in the design of a...

 Read Full Article
NatWest Launches Free Retrofit Training Programme for Construction Sector

A free platform to help construction workers learn about addressing climate change through retrofitting has been launched by NatWest and the Supply Chain Sustainability...

 Read Full Article
RICS to Gather Input on Residential Retrofit Standard

RICS has launched an eight-week-long consultation to gather opinions from industry professionals on the new RICS Residential Retrofit Standard for 2023. The data...

 Read Full Article
RIBA Publishes Inclusive Design Guide for the Built Environment

The Royal Institute of British Architects has published new guidance to ensure that inclusion and accessibility are considered at every stage of the design and...

 Read Full Article
High Performing Buildings – June’s Roundup  

This month’s high performing buildings roundup features the winners of the 2023 RIBA National Awards for architecture. The awards, which have been presented...

 Read Full Article