Building Management

Putting Data to Work for Today’s Smart Offices

Today’s real estate executives need their facilities to be high-value investments. In the current competitive environment, commercial office buildings need to be flexible. And they also must be responsive to both tenant changes and occupant comfort demands. A new report from Verdantix takes a closer look at these trends and the ways new software platforms gives owners better insight into how their smart buildings are performing.

(Download this story to learn how Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure™ Building solution helped make Société Générale’s ‘The Dunes’ a smart office building.)

Increasing demands from today’s occupants

Building executives – including developers, property managers, facility directors and strategic managers for real estate and facilities – are seeing the commercial building market change at a rapid clip. Corporate tenants and building owners, including the new category of co-working space developers, are seeing needs for:

  • Flexibility. Current economic uncertainty, including when the next recession might occur and possible impacts of the UK’s exit from the European Union, have real estate executives studying their portfolios to rationalize space per employee. Additionally, new ways of working in more open, flexible office spaces create demand for occupant conveniences, now enabled by the Internet of Things (IoT), digitization and connectivity.
  • Attention to employee well-being. Improving productivity and occupant well-being to aid retention is considered a “high” or “medium” priority for 92% of respondents in a 2018 Verdantix Global Survey of real estate executives. This certainly makes sense, with national unemployment rates at historic lows in many countries including the US and UK. Additionally, as the World Green Building Council has noted, well-being has a direct impact on worker productivity – and those workers represent 90% of an organization’s operating costs.

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Today’s smart offices must be responsive to both tenant changes and occupant comfort.

How EcoStruxure Workplace Advisor meets these smart offices needs

The Verdantix report outlines how EcoStruxure Workplace Advisor’s core functionality – including occupancy analysis, well-being analytics and wayfinding – helps owners and facility managers meet these expanding needs. Now real estate executives can better understand how effectively they are using their portfolios, and whether those buildings are offering occupants the conditions they need for optimal productivity and easy access to key workplace services and facilities. The offer’s delivery model focuses on scalability and seamless integration in smart offices using:

  • Wireless, IP-based motion and comfort sensors for easier multi-site rollouts
  • Customized mobile apps for each building’s occupants
  • A global support infrastructure during and after deployment

How you can optimize your smart offices

You can access the full Verdantix report, “Schneider Electric Takes Aim at the Booming Global Workplace Management Market with EcoStruxure™ Workplace Advisor,” and learn more about the functionality and data this exciting new platform can bring to your building portfolio: Visit the Schneider Electric EcoStruxure Workplace Advisor website, and request a demo.


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