“Buildings that were once considered passive are now active contributors and prosumers of energy”
Technology is going to have to come into play, said Brett Smith, Digital Buildings Partner at Siemens, Smart Infrastructure. In the past, offices were traditionally not very adaptable nor connected from an electrical or mechanical point of view. Today, offices are focused on creating seamless user experiences, that are connected, agile and flexible. Buildings that were once considered passive are now active contributors and prosumers of energy opposed to traditional consumers.
For end users, Smart technology in buildings can begin with our phones, with applications that allow seamless access to find and book desks /rooms, personalised settings (lighting and temperature via machine learning), 3rd party integrations such as restaurants, public transportation, gym classes and more. The valuable insights collected can be analysed to understand which spaces are being utilised, communicate regular updates to their staff and understand the operational efficiency and performance of their building 247 365.
This will not only be key for businesses in a quest to reach carbon neutral goals (Siemens is planning to be carbon neutral by 2030) but will provide essential systems that help monitor the health and safety of employees. We are in unprecedented times around social distancing and Covid 19 where data and information become an essential part of operating a building safely and efficiently. Technology and data insights will play a vital role to support a healthy return to work, ensuring companies remain adaptive and flexible.