7 Fascinating Ways Technology is Impacting Commercial Building
Advancements in technology have certainly provided us with countless tools to make our lives a little bit easier. These innovations in technology have contributed to many areas of our lives, such as communication and business. The value of these technologies has also made their way to the world of commercial buildings, both how they can help a building be constructed but also how this technology can be implemented into the structure itself. The following are seven fascinating ways technology is impacting the commercial building industry.
The Internet of Things
Communication is often the most important thing in a commercial building. Although it is often used to help employees stay connected via email and other wireless devices within a building, IoT can also help keep tenants comfortable and even reduce waste. Think about it this way, why would you waste precious energy cooling multiple floors with no tenants? Smart technology such as IoT can help owners determine where resources are being wasted and thus save them a fortune in electrical cost. Business owners can also utilize the IoT to keep track of their customer habits. This would include how many times they shop at your business, what things do they tend to shop and the average of their order.
It seems that every couple of months, a giant retailer is hit by hackers seeking to steal sensitive data. Therefore, it is a vital action of commercial businesses to install the latest security software to protect their own interests. Commercial building wireless routers can often be a worrisome thing for a tenant as the owners of the building often provide them. This is a big reason why now new constructions are being combined with the most up-to-date security technology. These can be seen involving both digital and physical aspects of security as they also allow business owners to be in constant contact with their onsite security personnel.
When faced with powerful earthquakes, even the most stable of bridges, homes, and commercial buildings can fail. Luckily within the past few years, both architects and engineers have worked together to device various technologies and techniques that can make commercial buildings safer. One such technique was recently seen implemented in 2007 when the old Utah State Capitol implemented base isolation. This means that the foundation of the building and the structure itself sit completely separate from each other. The building is thus supported by steel-bearings around the building which protect it from powerful earthquakes. Technology in the works by scientists is something called a controlled rocking system. This system will provide additional stability to all areas both within the base and vertical structure of the building.
VR and AR
Advancements in virtual reality and augmented reality have provided commercial real estate agents with the possibility of showing their clients an immersive and detailed tour of a space. The technology can offer clients the ability not only to see what they are buying but the opportunity to have a say in the design of the layout before construction even begins. VR and AR can no doubt save both real estate agents and clients immense time and money.
3D printing has been known for building smaller things, but recently it has also been used for building larger things. It has been reported recently that a few construction companies are experimenting with 3D printing to construct large structures. However, many experts in the field state that 3D printing is much more useful as a tool than a replacement for modern buildings. 3D printing a necessary component of a building can provide builders with a cheap and time-saving technique to test vital redesign tools or other applications. This technology is revered by many in the green community as a better, more environmentally friendly way of producing building materials.
Superior Air Flow
Controlling the flow of air within a commercial building is crucial to avoiding energy loss, moisture damage, and ensure that everyone is generally comfortable. Various techniques go into making sure that a building is adequately designed with a layout that promotes superior airflow. One can involve adding smart technology, and others are as simple as reducing the number of walls in an office space or using standing seam roof vents. Standing seam roof vents provide better ventilation than older technologies. Other techniques involve the use of HVAC technology such as displacement ventilation which allows one to supply the airflow near the ground level and dissipate when the air rises to provide the utmost comfort for employees.
The call for a greener way of doing business has led commercial building developers to opt-in for the installation of solar panel technology. Both environmentalists and business owners see this as a win-win situation due to the abundance of solar energy and the low costs attributed to it. Commercial buildings are often running both their AC and office lights 24/7 for security reasons. Therefore, installing technology that reduces your consumption by about 20 percent is quickly becoming a no brainer for most developers and business owners seeking to find cost-efficient technology.
We have only seen the tip of the iceberg when it comes to commercial building technology. The demand for more cost-effective and green technology by business owners will continue, and thus, innovation will follow and supply it. We are certainly excited to see how technology re-invents how we construct our commercial buildings.