With digitization and technological progress, building technology is also constantly developing and now offers you numerous different application options in the company. It can reduce costs or increase the feel-good factor in the offices – and thus improve the working atmosphere, increase profits or also serve employer branding. So there are many ways to use building technology in your own company. But which of them are really useful and what should you pay attention to?
The broad field of building technology
Building technology in general encompasses a whole range of technical disciplines in residential or office buildings, for example:
- Hot water
- Air conditioning
- Building automation
In these areas, building technology primarily serves the purpose of reducing costs on the one hand and installing environmentally friendly technologies. On the other hand, it is decisive for whether and to what extent a person feels comfortable in the building. Finally, the building technology also serves to maintain the value of the respective property.
Building technology is not a “can”, but a “must”
As already mentioned, building technology is subject to technological progress. Sanitary, heating, air conditioning, lighting systems, etc. are constantly being developed and can therefore bring numerous advantages for saving costs or simpler “smart” operation.
In principle, of course, it would be best if your company had the latest technology installed everywhere and at all times. But that would mean constant construction work and high costs and would therefore be anything but sensible. The challenge for you now is to design a coherent overall concept for the building technology and to focus on those measures that bring the most advantages.
A modern heating system makes sense to save costs, but air conditioning is also indispensable. The latter has a major influence on the feel-good factor of employees in summer and thus also on the working atmosphere, productivity, employee turnover and, and, and.
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As you can see, the right – or even wrong – use of building technology can run like a rat tail through numerous areas of the company and influence them positively or negatively. The easiest way to get around this problem would of course be comprehensive remote work of all employees in their own home office. However, this is not possible or desired in very few companies. So it’s about your employees as well as yourself and visitors and business partners feeling comfortable in your premises. The easiest way to do this is to use intelligent networking.
Modern building technology enables intelligent networking
As already mentioned, technological progress in the field of building technology is closely related to digitization. For this reason, the current trend is primarily in the direction of intelligent networking. For example
- air conditioning
- and other building technology
can be easily controlled using the app on the smartphone or tablet. The burglar alarm automatically issues a warning if it registers movements at night or other suspicious occurrences. Panic locks now have a self-locking mechanism and fire doors can be linked directly to a smoke extraction system. The possibilities are diverse, but the way for the future seems clear: (Office) buildings are becoming intelligent.
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It therefore always makes sense that you have the building technology networked in your company as soon as possible. However, you have to make a sensible selection here as well, where the investments are worthwhile and which, on the other hand, are less important – at least for the beginning.
It is therefore important to prepare a cost-benefit analysis in each case and to check which measures bring noticeable advantages and which do not. The latter can thus be hired at the back for now. In principle, you should check the following factors when choosing intelligent building technology:
1. Is it durable and reliable?
- Does the new heating system reduce the risk of breakdowns or cost increases, for example?
- Will the technology soon be overtaken by new developments or is it likely to be sufficiently modern in a few years?
2. What are the advantages?
- Does this reduce the workload for you or your employees?
- Are costs being saved?
- Does the feel-good factor increase noticeably in the office?
- Does it help to reduce risks such as burglary, theft, hacker attacks, etc.?
3. Does it have an impact on the external perception of the company?
This is important both in terms of employer branding and the image of the brand. Environmental friendliness, for example, is an aspect that can be beneficial to the company’s image. A completely modern facility with intelligent workstations can meanwhile have a positive effect on employer branding.
Ultimately, you shouldn’t install or modernize the building technology blindly and only for the sake of the technology. Instead, there should be a concept behind the measures that fits the company, its image, the key objectives, etc. In addition, intelligent building technology can of course also bring cost savings, increase security or generate other advantages. It is therefore important that you stay up to date on topics, for example to find out about new developments at a trade fair for electrical engineering and to develop a coherent overall concept with clear priorities.
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