Smart buildings are becoming more popular, and engineers and builders are now always looking to create more smart buildings and provide older buildings with automation and control technologies. Smart buildings use automated processes to automatically control operations such as heating, ventilation, air conditions, lighting, security and more. We know that the technology is ideal for reducing overall energy consumption and decreasing the environmental impact of buildings, but it also has significant benefits for the staff working in the buildings.
While smart buildings have amazing benefits for energy conservation and sustainability, the future of smart buildings is ultimately about the people working inside. Innovations for smart buildings must take into account the occupants, because if a building has no one inside, then there is basically no need for improvement.
The motivation behind smart building innovation is a simple fact: happy workers are more productive workers. U.S. employees are generally unhappy, with low satisfaction ratings at 33%, according to research from Gallup. To increase satisfaction, businesses are adapting to make their offices smarter, more efficient, more user-friendly and more comfortable for their employees. Increased satisfaction leads to increased productivity, providing significant benefits for everyone involved.
Lighting and temperature play a huge role on the stress levels and comfortability of workers, and with a smart building, sensors can detect and trigger the control of lighting and thermal comfort. Also, the technology is aware whenever there is a problem in the building, and by using self-diagnose or alerting the manager, issues can be resolved much quicker. This will decrease dissatisfaction and complaints about inefficient or failed facilities among employees and building occupants.
Adapt To Workers’ and Customers’ Needs
While owners now have the choice to upgrade to smart technology and promote productive workers, soon there won’t be much of a choice to make the switch. As technology evolves over the years, smart buildings will be expected from employees and customers. If a building does not have smart technology, it could affect the employees’ and customers’ decisions to work with the company. According to the Dell and Intel Future Workforce Study, 82% of the millennial workforce said technology would influence the job they accept, while 60% of employees all ages believe they will work in a smart office within the next few years. Incorporating smart technology to your building now is the best way to stay ahead and ensure your employees and future clients will be happy with your business in the years to come.
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