Data-driven smart technology has tremendous benefits for the people who own, manage, maintain, and occupy commercial buildings. But OEMs and PropTech also have much to gain from data infrastructure monitoring and alerting. And it begins with secure integration.
Maintaining healthy indoor environments requires intelligent building maintenance strategies. This means looking beyond a single building system or method and understanding the four phases of planned maintenance. So, what are the four phases of planned maintenance? By exploring the answer, you can develop better, more efficient building maintenance practices.
Building maintenance has traditionally relied on time-based inspections, with older equipment receiving more frequent intervention. But only 18% of equipment failures occur due to age. For the 82% of failures that cannot be attributed to age, time-based maintenance inspections offer little value and waste time.
Occupancy forecasting in office buildings has historically been performed to reduce energy use and increase efficiency. Then came Covid-19, which repositioned occupancy forecasting as a valuable health and safety strategy. Today, forecasting technology is playing a central role in bringing employees back to the workplace while redefining what the workplace looks like. Investing in smart building management platforms that combine occupancy forecasts and predictive maintenance well-positions the workplace to accommodate changing needs and create healthy spaces where businesses flourish.
Ventilation plays a vital role in ensuring plants are strong and healthy. For commercial cannabis growers, it’s also key to producing better quality and higher yields. Automating commercial cannabis ventilation takes the guesswork out of indoor grows and optimizes crop development at every stage. But it takes the right strategy to truly succeed.
Since 2020, there has been unprecedented interest in making buildings healthier and safer. At a time when the future of commercial buildings is uncertain, the ongoing conversations about what constitutes a healthy building and how to create it are particularly important. Many companies are developing hybrid work models where employees alternate between working remotely and onsite. This reimagining of the workplace is revolutionizing the way we use office space.
Network outages often occur at the most inopportune times. Whether due to hardware or software malfunctions, human error, natural disasters, or cyberattacks, unplanned downtime is costly for any business.
The link between indoor air quality and productivity in the workplace is becoming increasingly clear. While researchers have long understood how fine particulate matter (2.5 microns in diameter or less) and other pollutants are able to infiltrate buildings, research has typically not dealt with their effects on the human brain until recently. Now, that is changing, and new knowledge is shaping the way buildings behave.
A smart building is a dynamic entity with interconnected components constantly communicating with each other, sharing data, and responding to real-time and anticipated needs. Each smart building ecosystem can be tailored to specific users and unique goals, but there are some key components all successful smart buildings share. Understanding the role of these components and the benefits they provide can help you choose the right technologies for your building.
Building maintenance has advanced significantly since the beginning of the 21st century. Facility managers traditionally looked at maintenance issues from a corrective perspective, responding to tenant complaints or unforeseen equipment failures as they occurred. While certain critical building equipment was routinely inspected according to manufacturer recommendations, this was largely time-based rather than condition-based maintenance.