Smart Buildings And Flexible Workspaces

Learn about the growth of smart buildings and the impact on flexible workspaces.

Learn about the growth of smart buildings and the impact on flexible workspaces.

Smart buildings are the way of the future, and will soon be the standard for workplaces around the globe. By 2020, less than one and a half years from now, the global market size for smart buildings is predicted to reach $36 billion. Continue reading to learn about the growth of the smart building market and its impact on flexible workspaces.

What Are Smart Buildings?

Smart buildings are energy-efficient buildings that combine smart infrastructure and building automation with real-time data and people integration. These buildings cost less to operate and have many benefits for workers and occupants, including creating a safer and healthier environment. Operating costs can be reduced by 30-40%, while employee productivity can be increased by up to 50%. The best part about the buildings is that they do not need to be built from scratch- existing buildings can easily be transitioned into smart buildings. In fact, about 90% of the existing building stock can make the switch the smart building technology.

Main Challenges

While many buildings are suitable for smart building technology, there are a few significant challenges in the industry. Building services are not designed to be integrated and are still operating as silos. The many layers of building management also pose a problem, as they have different requirements and operating systems that may not be designed for integration. To resolve these challenges, work is being done to enable existing and new buildings to be ready for smart technologies.

Flexible Workspaces

A flexible workspace is a space that can be used by various people, or even different business, for a range of reasons. It is “flexible” because it allows workers to rent out rooms by the month, day, or hour, depending on their needs. Flexible workspaces are becoming very popular, as companies are allowing more and more employees to work remotely. The workspace serves as a place for employees who prefer to work in an office setting and a space for meetings to take place when a group needs to meet in person. The main purpose of flexible workspaces is to provide cost-effective office space for businesses to remain as productive as possible.

These flexible workspaces are growing in demand, and to attract as many tenants as possible, they will be integrating smart technology. Smart buildings are not only beneficial to occupants by providing a safer, healthier, and happier environment; they are also beneficial to owners as they are energy efficient and cost less to operate.


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