While the notion of automated buildings has been around for over four decades, smart in today's world takes on a different meaning, moving far beyond the role of energy efficiency and security. With humans spending more than 80% of their lives indoors, smart systems are now being used to enhance space utilisation, while improving the comfort and wellbeing of users.
With the workplace environment changing to a more fluid, open-plan approach, companies are reconsidering their space requirements to suit different needs, from co-working and collaboration to socialising, creativity and private research. This also lends itself to addressing the broader topic of adopting smart city initiatives.
The Tech Perspectives' report series provide expert-led opinions and key insights into the latest trends impacting the marketplace. Each report looks to initiate conversations around exactly why these trends are happening, how it may impact our future and where potential opportunities lie.
As part of a wider comprehensive service, this Tech Perspectives report provides building designers and operators with further insights into the advancement of smart buildings.