When looking ahead to the future of the office, it is clear to see that smart technology and in-building connectivity is going to remain a priority for occupiers. In fact, recent research conducted in North America showed 87% of decision makers put sound digital infrastructure and smart technology in their top five requirements for office space. In addition, 77% said that they would terminate their lease if they struggled with connectivity.
WiredScore’s SmartScore certification was created to standardize the understanding of digital technology in buildings. It provided a way of measuring how in-building technology affected areas such as sustainability, wellbeing, energy-efficiency and many more. Today, the real estate industry is much more aligned on what a smart building is, meaning we have entered a stage of accelerated implementation.
So, what comes next?
As consumers, we expect more insight into the world around us. In fact, it’s not too hard to imagine a world where our phones tell us about the efficiency of the buildings around us. So, as the cost of technology comes down and the potential return on investments goes up, we expect to see a continued increase in the adoption of smart technology across a wide range of assets, not just a few trophy buildings.