Critical facilities stayed up and running in the past few months with attempts to lessen interruptions to operations given the global situation. Now, more and more localities are seeing the return to work stages of reopening business locations, from small shops to commercial smart buildings. Whether companies reopen their facilities to full or partial capacity, they have the responsibility to welcome back their employees safely. Commercial smart building managers can take advantage of their integrated building tools and systems to orchestrate strategic reopening plans. These plans should help bring operations back to regular capacity and maintain service standards while prioritizing employee safety where at all possible.
Preparing Security Measures
Security systems and the trained staff that oversees security will need to be readied to manage the return of daily operations. Depending on individual company policy, the commercial smart building should be prepared to use security systems to assist in contactless entry or conducting temperature screenings. Security systems should not only track occupancy levels (through video surveillance and access control) for compliance, but it should also be updated with any modified protocols given which workers are on-site and what areas remain restricted. Indeed, commercial smart building security is the safeguard to wellness and company assets.
Reassess Energy Consumption
Consider how power distribution and management software gives actionable feedback to improve energy-efficiency or find cost-saving optimizations. The real-time collected data makes for constant and steady improvements to any commercial smart building’s energy consumption without sacrificing operational output. As facilities reopen at new and expectedly lower capacity, the commercial smart building function will automate these decisions. Facility managers can program for adjusted levels of energy requirements, such as setting new alerts for critical states or locking in consumption for the given occupancy.
Restart the HVAC System
The HVAC system will need to restart ahead of employees’ return to the smart building. This will allow the entire building to reach the desired indoor state to accommodate the occupants’ return and resuming critical operations, like cooling server rooms. Consider how environmental factors, altered work schedules, and limited use of shared-spaces will affect how you will create comfortable and safe ambient conditions for building occupants. Commercial HVAC systems play a significant role in providing good indoor air quality. It’s more critical now than ever to create conditions that won’t aggravate any respiratory health-related issues.
Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure
If reopening has highlighted issues with your facility’s adaptability and flexibility, then please consider Schneider Electric’s range of commercial building solutions. Our EcoStruxure platform solution helps companies make their facilities into high-performance commercial smart buildings. SEBCSI is ready to work with you to reduce your energy-spending, boost your operational efficiency, and help you achieve your corporate goals.
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