Mr. Tyler Smith

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Tyler Smith is Vice President, Healthy Buildings at Johnson Controls.  Tyler has spent 17 years with Johnson Controls in roles focused on leveraging building management systems and HVAC equipment to drive important outcomes such as improvements energy efficiency and indoor air quality. From 2018 to 2020 Tyler led Johnson Controls’ Critical Environments business unit, which designs and manufactures systems for critical spaces such as hospitals and laboratories. Since late 2020, Tyler has led Johnson Controls’ Healthy Buildings initiative with a focus on helping customers leverage productivity and financial outcomes associated with operating healthier buildings. Tyler has an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and an MBA from Emory University and resides in Nashville, Tennessee, USA with his wife and two kids.

Healthy and Sustainable Buildings: Past, Present and Future

With the focus on improved indoor air quality (IAQ) not slowing down as the COVID pandemic evolves, and with decarbonization top of mind for all building operators, it’s critical that buildings be built, renovated and operated to deliver both outcomes.

Many decision-makers see IAQ and decarbonization as a zero-sum game in which a focus on one must be offset by a lack of focus on the other. The reality is, however, that, thanks to recent advancements in smart, digitally-enabled buildings, it’s possible to achieve both. And, the same smart building technologies that go into new buildings can also be used to cost-effectively retrofit existing buildings.

We have a responsibility to ensure the building of tomorrow is an excellent steward of its environment and its occupants. Many organizations are stepping up to help accelerate these efforts, including standards bodies, manufacturers and government entities. But will it be enough? What more should be done to help realize this vision?