Even before the global health situation impacted the world and altered our lives as we knew it, digital transformation has been driving immense changes in the modern workplace. Highly developed smart building capabilities and technologies were already on course to create a sort of new normal in commercial buildings. It’s evident the development of smart building capabilities has not halted in progress but, instead, became a critical resource to help businesses adapt their operations during the pandemic. Occupants increasingly characterize a workplace as using cloud-connected tech to leverage data-driven strategies. With smart building capabilities in play, that much remains true for the businesses reopening their buildings during these turbulent times.
Controlling for Occupant Well-Being
A lot of occupant well-being and safety can be addressed through the control of the indoor environment. Smart building management systems use the deployment of cloud-based applications and IoT-connected devices. The tech captures readings on airflow, ventilation, temperature, air quality, and humidity. Ideal indoor conditions for occupant well-being depend on regulating these factors that impact human health and comfort. Smart building capabilities automate the controls over these conditions. As a result, changes in the indoor atmospheric conditions prompt the building management system to adjust HVAC performance.
Occupancy and Space Management
For whatever capacity a building may have reopened at, the occupancy change constantly affects how the space is used. Further, it impacts the careful redistribution of building resources. Today, auditing these constant changes would be a nightmare if it were not for digitizing this type of data collection and insight generation. You see, occupancy sensors and asset management software give real-time indications on building use. One major concern in this pandemic is maintaining adequate social distancing, which is difficult to do in crowded areas. To avoid running into problems following social distancing guidelines, smart building capabilities can detect when a room or a floor has exceeded recommended occupancy limits. From here, management will trust that employees will adapt their routine or building usage to avoid high-traffic and crowded spaces.
Employees themselves will stay informed with customizable occupant engagement apps right on their smart devices. This interactive tool can redirect workers to different paths or work areas by assessing the building-wide usage patterns. What’s more, employees can use this innovative tool to locate underutilized workstations or meeting rooms. Most of their daily work should not be inconvenienced by trying to maintain safe distancing. At the end of the day, cleaning crews can use captured building information to understand where to focus their sanitization efforts to prepare for the next day.
Maintaining Operational Efficiency, Even with Remote Work
The smart building capabilities certainly do a lot in regard to occupant safety and well-being. But, let’s not forget about operational efficiencies. To start, building management and power management systems that have been integrated into the smart building architecture use feedback-based and predictive technology to achieve productive and efficient levels of performance. In other words, the smart building systems constantly readjusts itself to suit the dynamic indoor work environment. Even at reduced occupancy within buildings — with companies embracing remote work — managers can still rely on remote monitoring and operating capabilities of the facilities. Any issues that may arise can be quickly resolved with the resources at the building’s disposal.
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