Four Smart Building Trends 2018

To kick off the new year we start with a tradition; our trend blog. We take a glimpse into the future of the smart building world. What can we expect from this rapidly developing, multidisciplinary field? These are the four most important trends and focus-points in 2018 according to the Mapiq team.

1. Suggestion-based technology 

It has been demonstrated that the sense of autonomy that comes with activity-based working is good for the well-being and productivity of employees. Activity-based workplaces offer employees a variety of activity areas for different types of tasks. Nevertheless, we have arrived at a point where the effect of such autonomy is not always helpful. It has resulted in an increase in the number of decisions that employees have to make. Such increases in decision making can have detrimental effects on productivity and happiness.

In 2018, technology is ready to step in. Technology will be able to determine the best match between a person and a workplace or meeting room and guide a person to that spot. For example, employees can choose from a top five list of available meeting rooms that are specifically selected for them.

Technology will be able to determine the best match between a person and a workplace 

2. Rise of the platform 

 In the last years, we have seen numerous apps pop-up, which all focus on different areas within a building. Those applications are mostly focused on one specific service (booking rooms, finding coffee, measuring your stress-level). Interesting apps, but they will never be able to create an overview of the whole building.

 In 2018, companies are beginning to understand more and more that combining information is key to the success of the facility services in their buildings. Companies need technical systems in place to bring all the crucial information together. Sophisticated smart building platforms like Mapiq, offer the possibility to integrate previously disparate systems, providing advanced knowledge sharing capabilities. 2018 will be the year in which the awareness of the benefits of these integration platforms will rise. 

3. Getting WELL

We believe that due to the WELL certification, there is understanding that investing in well-being is a vital, long-term real estate strategy. In the last couple of years, we have seen increasing interest from building developers looking to achieve WELL certification, as well as from tenants looking for buildings that facilitate a healthy office space. WELL Certified™ spaces improve the nutrition, fitness, mood, sleep patterns, and productivity of its occupants.

This year, we are hosting a master student graduating on this topic in March. So stay tuned to learn what Mapiq can do to boost well-being and meet these standards in your workspaces.

4. Better ad-hoc meeting support

In 2018, the need for spaces where small groups of people can gather for an ad-hoc conversation will increase. In the new way of working, projects are often assigned to small teams of workers, and individuals may work in several teams on different projects simultaneously. This style of working requires frequent, brief, and often ad hoc contact time. Employees don’t want to have to book rooms in advance for such meetings. Instead, they just want to quickly find a place when needed. Satisfying this need begins with architects and interior designers ensuring that there are enough meetings rooms for different group sizes in the workspace. Then, technology can give insights into the availability of these meeting areas, through sensors, and give suggestions about where to go - guiding teams to places that suit their needs.

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Author: Anne Wernand

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