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How Can Class A Buildings Get Smarter?

Nov 29, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Class A building fix

Your office is brand spankin’ new. It’s got all the bells and whistles. Maybe a robot delivers coffee to your desk every morning – or maybe you just landed a great location and a great architect. You’re proud to have a Class A building. But is there anywhere else to go from here?

As we say in Minnesota, you betcha. Your office may be modern – but is it smart? Are your employees comfortable? And, is it saving you money? 

Aging Class A properties need to compete with the sprawling development of new, premium Class A buildings and the resulting rise in vacancy in the category. You already have the premium location and fixtures, though the HVAC and lighting systems may be nearing end-of-life. A smart automation system can help extend the life of this equipment and improve its efficiency, plus provide preventative monitoring capabilities for more efficient property management and tenant-facing controls, as well.

Get better indoor air quality with a smart building automation system

A breath of fresh air

One of the greatest values you could add is actually invisible: comfortable temperatures and high indoor air quality. Modern, insulated buildings work to regulate temperatures and manage energy efficiently. At the same time, they also succeed in keeping allergens and pollutants out. The unintended consequence, however, is that carbon monoxide and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are trapped in your airtight building envelope. There is a good chance that the air quality in your modern office building is more congested and polluted than in a fifty year old building, if not monitored and managed continuously.

Building automation solutions can sense levels of CO2 and VOCs in the air, and automatically bring in fresh outside air when levels are high. Higher indoor air quality leads to healthier, happier employees – which, in turn, provides benefits like employees taking fewer sick days and higher productivity. As the US Green Building Council points out, improved ventilation can boost worker productivity by 11%!

Smart building systems can proactively control, monitor and regulate dampersboiler systems, VAV systems, and more. Any building can be easily retrofitted – or, smart building controls can be spec’d into new builds.

75F Occupant App Gives Users Control of Zone Temperature and Lighting

In their zone

Smart building automation systems can also provide features like the mobile apps where tenants can individually customize the temperatures in their zone, provide feedback to facility managers, schedule vacations, and more. Facility managers, in turn, can monitor, control and schedule temperatures across their entire suite of buildings. Remote control & monitoring makes it easy to pinpoint problem areas, keep an eye on equipment health, monitor energy savings, and make sure everyone is comfortable.

With smart building automation, you can provide a better occupant experience, plus improved efficiency and management capabilities. With high-demand tenants, you can shift from a measure of your response time to a position where you predict and pre-empt issues, so those issues never even surface in the first place.

Now that’s Class A!

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Sarah Baker

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