Smart lighting and building software expert, amBX, has released new research on the top technology trends within the smart buildings industry. The insights, gathered through qualitative engagement with a number of smart buildings key stakeholders, offer a well-rounded understanding of the current top technology trends that are emerging across the industry.
The first finding is that the industry has seen a significant uplift in the importance of occupant wellbeing. Prior to the pandemic, occupant wellbeing was viewed as ideal but not completely necessary, with government policies and potential cost savings being seen as the primary driver of smart buildings.
Since COVID, this has all changed. Overnight, businesses were facing pressure to make their workplaces COVID-safe. Air quality, occupant temperature, people counting, occupant control/analytics and contactless operations were all in demand, with the aim of creating a safe workplace but also instilling trust and security to encourage occupants to come into the workplace too.
This has since evolved, and with society beginning to emerge from the pandemic, businesses are adopting the ‘healthy building’ mantra to continue to operate safely and provide occupants with added benefits that they don’t get when working from home.
Secondly, hybrid working seems set to stay. This means that many buildings will need to be adapted. Businesses may have to downsize, have hot-desking areas, communal areas, meeting room spaces and aim to create more of an experience within the workplace.