How will workspace change when smart building technology is introduced?

Tim Barnes, Energy Business Development Manager at Synapsys Solutions gives his opinion

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Tim explains

“The progression to smart buildings is undeniable; the only questions are scope and timescales. Smart technology is intended to provide the opportunity to operate a space more efficiently, based on the intelligence of the systems, or on the analysis of the data generated”.

“Smart technology will enable the connection and interaction of systems within a building. The level of smartness should be able to reflect the systems that they are connected to – and this may be more decentralised plant within a building. The traditional approach to the design and fit out of buildings will develop, and building systems will need to interconnect”.

“With enhanced connectivity, and the intelligent analysis and management of data generated within the building, the operation and maintenance of the space should be improved, and delivered more efficiently. There should be a more proactive approach operationally, smarter maintenance and potentially more remote fixes”.

“Improved operation of the space should lead to an enhanced level of optimisation and efficiency. This will be linked to better energy management and improved asset life. Focusing on improved energy efficiency, there will be a strong link into developing stronger engagement and support from building users. If the workspace is comfortable, secure and optimised, then productivity of building users should improve. With the continued focus on wellbeing of building users, the application of smart technology should underpin a company’s drive to satisfy this demand”.

“The expectations of building users are evolving as quickly as the technology applied is changing. There is a demand for increased flexibility and adaptability in the workplace, be better informed as building occupiers and challenge traditional working patterns. Workspaces need to be ready to reflect these changes, and adapt to the evolving company needs. Technology has a fundamental role to play in aligning to these shifting demands, and an organisation’s culture needs to adapt in a similar way”.

In summary

“With the inexorable progress to a wider application of smart technology, the workplace will adapt to reflect this advancement. The operation and maintenance of these properties will become more efficient, information based with real time changes possible. As designs and fit outs of buildings develop, the smart technology will reflect the shift from traditional ways of working and provide real time data and information that will drive energy efficiency and improved asset life. Most importantly, technology will support a more engaged and informed workforce. With a secure, safe and optimised working environment, building users should be more productive and the opportunities to promote the wellbeing of all building users”.

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