As technology becomes more advanced and widespread, the general public becomes more open to the idea of change. With smartphones in everyone’s’ pockets, the idea of integrating technology into daily life is now old news. As the appeal of smart technology grows, more people are implementing into their homes.
With so many breakthroughs in other areas, it could be said that buildings have struggled to keep up with the growth of technology. Both office and residential buildings can have issues with tenant occupancy and increasing demands.
Implementing buildings with smart features and sensors is becoming ever more attractive, reports have even linked technological sophistication with how much rent landlords charge. It is not the landlords who are the main drivers for this change, however, but the tenants. Being so used to advanced technology in other parts of their life, they have come to expect it in where they live too.
On the surface, making smart technology visible within a building is immediately attractive to existing or potential tenants. Implementing hardware throughout a building by which tenants can interact with cloud-based software gives a building a sense of total connectivity.
Whilst these are important factors, many see the true value of smart buildings in the money they save both landlords and tenants.
Building automation can be used to monitor, report and adjust a growing list of processes within a building, including:
All this information is stored in one place, where various sources of data can learn from each other, and users can get a real overview of their environment.
From this, informed decisions can be made to optimise conditions, and reduce unnecessary costs across many areas.
As with smartphones and other day-to-day gadgets, one of the biggest appeals of smart buildings is the convenience they provide.
Landlords are finding more ways to improve the living environment and ease-of-use for tenants, including:
Further integrating buildings with existing technology, there are also apps which allow tenants further control, connecting them to the Internet of Things.
Whilst the focus originally was to make as many things “smart” as possible, now the focus on making everything interconnected.
The level of control building automation gives landlords and tenants lends itself to the security of a building.
One of the primary ways this is achieved is through advanced building entry software. As well as removing the dangers of physical keys, software can be constantly updated and verified. This makes sure that permission is granted to the person it was intended for.
Another advantage of having an interconnected building is the superior levels of monitoring. This is particularly effective for larger complexes of buildings, as security monitoring can be easily managed, and any issues reported real-time, so they can be dealt with rapidly.
Just as smartphones were once a luxury, but are now commonplace, smart buildings will follow suit. As demands from tenants grow and landlords understand the growing lists of benefits, smart buildings are only going to become more widespread.