Smart buildings represent the very tip of the commercial real estate technological iceberg. This revolution is primarily predicated on the Internet of Things (IoT) and the unprecedented data influxes it has brought, which have revealed finely-grained insights into building operations aspects that were previously unknown.
By combining existing building systems and other sources of data with IoT, a smart building solution delivers unprecedented levels of command, control, and automation.
With that said, the integration of IoT in smart building systems isn’t just purely a technological concept. Commercial property owners who think ahead know that an effective long-term smart building initiative requires more than just a strong digital foundation. It also requires vision and a well-articulated strategy.
To help commercial property owners better position and define their smart building strategy, we’ve identified three applications and trends that are currently ruling the market.
Strong Focus On Ensuring a Safe Return To Work
Energy efficiency used to be the main goal with smart building management system. However, in the wake of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, protecting tenant wellness in the built environment and ensuring their safe return to the workplace has taken center-stage.
Constant monitoring of indoor climate is critical to maintaining a personalized, productive, and comfortable environment for occupants. Consequently, the ability to monitor and regulate a variety of environmental variables – from relative humidity and temperature to occupancy control and lighting – with granularity and in real-time is gaining momentum quickly.
Smart, Agile Workspace
In the last few months, the world has been taken by storm by emerging work trends, such as co-working, remote working, and activity-based working. As enterprises embrace changing employee priorities and new ways of working, the modern workplace is set to evolve.
Traffic flow data and IoT occupancy allow commercial building owners and companies to effectively monitor and regulate how various areas of the workspace are being used. Armed with data and insights, they can maximize space utilization while ensuring optimal safety and efficiency.
Smart Energy Management
While there’s a higher focus on safety in the current environment, the quest for achieving optimal energy efficiency hasn’t waned in the CRE sector. With governments around the globe continuing to raise energy conservation standards to curb carbon emissions, smart building systems look set to play a critical role.
Significant energy waste, primarily caused by unnecessary lighting and HVAC usage, is still a prevalent problem in the commercial sector. An IoT-driven smart building system can help achieve greater energy efficiency with on-demand systems control that takes into account real-time indoor conditions alongside the occupants’ preferences and behaviors.
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