Building construction materials and techniques have remained largely unchanged in the last 50 years. The vision for the Intelligent Structural Panel (ISP) was simple: take all the components and processes that go into constructing a floor and shear wall and combine them into one intelligent product. Quasar Consulting Group, in partnership with WZMH Architects, Stephenson Engineering and C3PoE, developed the ISP in response to a need for the next generation of smart building systems. A prefabricated smart building component that is installed on-site with minimal labour, the ISP is modular energy-efficient, and reduces construction waste. It includes the infrastructure to power, monitor and control most key building systems including mechanical, electrical, and IT. The ISP Panel utilizes low-voltage Direct Current (DC) and Power over Ethernet (PoE) as highways for all connected devices and is 100% complete once ‘plugged-in’. This results in a building that will be 90% low-voltage based in occupied areas, versus traditional Alternating Current (AC) solutions with numerous transformers. This project led to a paradigm shift in system integration which impressed the jurors, who were also enthusiastic about the prospects for applications to other types of projects.
Canadian Consulting Engineer article