Smart buildings can deliver significant benefits to occupants, managers and owners alike. Occupants expect more engaging spaces that provide greater comfort, security and flexibility; in addition to enabling them to intuitively connect and collaborate with their peers.
“Organisations want to attract and retain the best talent. To ensure their workforce is fully engaged when they are in the building for enhanced productivity, an increased sense of wellbeing and safety in addition to adaptive environments for heighten decision making needs to be provided,” explains Roneel. “But at the same time, tenants want to optimise the amount of space that businesses occupy, and the resources required to operate within the buildings. For owners, investing in the right infrastructure and maximising its lifecycle must be balanced with attracting and retaining premium tenants. The building infrastructure should support the integration with tenant requirements including user experience, integration with tenant business operating systems and optimisation of space and utilities.”
Michael adds, “It’s all about designing the technology into buildings to achieve the desired outcomes.
“However, this needs to be undertaken with a level of priority based on the level of value of each outcome. If each element must be delivered to a 100 per cent outcome level for each user of a building, then it is more desirable to deliver ‘less but better’. However, this can be challenging due to delivery parameters such as time, technology limits, building design and budget. That’s why we recommend picking the high user impact items within an owner’s budget and doing them well.
“That is, to deliver an outcome that is 100 per cent successful for all stakeholders, it is preferable to initiate less complexity in the technology to achieve a better result in provisioning it.”