From smart buildings to smart workplaces

Published on 21/05/2019 in Inspire

From smart buildings to smart workplaces

One of the most effective ways of saving in a company building is to divide up the work spaces as well as possible. This is why we are now seeing smart buildings evolve into smart workplaces.

More and more company buildings are equipped with a form of Building Management System that deals with aspects such as the temperature, lighting, humidity and ventilation depending on the use made of the areas. The system often also monitors the internal electricity network and the energy consumption. This can improve the energy efficiency and the sustainability of the building.

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Limit the number of work stations

In addition to technological means of curbing energy consumption, however, other ways of limiting the number of work stations are increasingly being considered. After all, work stations are costly, in terms of both energy consumption and real-estate prices. So managing to put the available space in a building to optimal use is a good thing. A well-thought-out policy on home working can help here. After all, home working means that a company no longer has to provide a work station for each member of staff. Six work stations can sometimes be enough for ten staff members, which of course results in a substantial saving.

With the help of IoT applications, a Building Management System can be further developed to improve comfort and well-being at the office.

Efficient and comfortable

With the help of IoT applications, a Building Management System can be further developed to improve comfort and well-being at the office. For example, sensors can count the number of people in meeting rooms. If there are only four people in a room designed for twenty, the system can advise moving the meeting to a smaller room, freeing up a space for a larger group. But new technology can also help with videoconferences, cloud-based working and other applications that make the new way of working more efficient and more comfortable.

Smart workplaces

In addition to new technology, smart design is also used in these smart workplaces. Flex desks are undoubtedly the most well known example of this. Moreover, these days specific areas or even entire floors are custom-designed as smart workplaces. So quiet rooms are provided for tasks requiring extra concentration, anchor zones for teams where close consultation and cooperation are important, areas to make phone calls or hold brainstorming sessions, meeting rooms for videoconferences, etc. And why not open up places to external users?

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