Smart buildings of urban communities

Soowon Chang, Michael B. Tobey, Nirvik Saha, Yoshiki Yamagata, Perry P.J. Yang

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


This chapter discusses how smart building systems can be scaled up to a smart community. The scope of this chapter includes the role and purposes of modeling and design of the smaller elements of cities: buildings, blocks, and neighborhoods and how to transfer metrics and analyses from one scale to another. Strategies for integrating smart buildings to urban infrastructures are introduced to discuss issues for scaling up. Three approaches of modeling urban buildings at community-level systems are discussed: zone-based planning, performance-based design, and generative design and parametric modeling. Transferability of data resolutions and analysis results across different scales is discussed for achieving more reliable decision support from fine-grain elements to larger-scale complex systems. Finally, the role and use of the Internet of Things in modeling and monitoring urban buildings are addressed to support smart design in a community-level system.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUrban Systems Design
Subtitle of host publicationCreating Sustainable Smart Cities in the Internet of Things Era
Number of pages38
ISBN (Electronic)9780128160558
ISBN (Print)9780128162934
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Jan 1
Externally publishedYes


  • Generative design and parametric modeling
  • IoT in smart urban buildings
  • Performance-based design
  • Smart urban buildings
  • Zone-based planning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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