Bringing a commercial space into the ever-changing world of technology is the first step in creating a space that is more versatile and energy-efficient than ever before. They are safer and can function more efficiently with less human interaction. Contractors who are making these upgrades are learning that when advanced technology is integrated into the renovations of a commercial building, everyone involved in the process benefits in some way.
Architects can use 3D modeling to show what the completed renovations will look like once construction has finished. It gives an accurate (to-scale) representation of the size and flow of the building. By viewing a 3D model, the client can make any adjustments or changes they feel are needed before construction actually starts. The client can see the results first hand and make an informed decision about which design better suits their plans.
Smart lighting involves the use of motion sensors that turn lights on and off when a person enters and leaves the room. Smart lighting systems can also be set to timers so that lights are on when a person arrives at the building and turn off once they have left. This makes for a safer work environment, especially when employees arrive or depart from the workplace in the dark.
Smart HVAC Systems
Smart HVAC systems can adjust temperatures inside the building during office hours. They can also adjust the temperature according to the number of people in the room. Smart HVAC systems can be programmed with multiple presets to ensure constant temperatures are maintained without always having to manually adjust the system. This increases energy efficiency and can also extend the lives of your heating and cooling units. Smart HVAC systems can be included in with other smart devices so they can all be controlled using one, combined platform.
IoT (Internet of Things) devices can take many forms, but their primary use is to collect, transmit, and exchange date using the Internet. Devices can be sensors, appliances, smart lock systems, smart thermostats, smart plugs, and gadgets like the Echo Dot or Amazon Alexa. These devices allow for the exchange of information throughout the building without the use of phones or an intercom system, making it extremely convenient for everyone no matter what their job is.
Touchless systems are the automated devices we often take for granted. They include paper towel dispensers, faucets, soap dispensers, automatic entry doors, and alarm systems. Sensors are used to detect when items should be dispensed, opened, or turned on. While most have buttons that can turn them on manually, the sensors are primarily used to activate the device.
Interactive Displays and Touch Screens
Interactive displays and touch screens that allow the user to perform specific functions from any location in the building are becoming commonplace in commercial spaces. Restaurants have been using them to replace menus and allow customers to pay for their meals while they are still sitting at their tables. With each table having its own touch screen tablet, fewer people are handling it. This makes it more sanitary than using menus that are continually being passed from table to table.
Integrating the latest technology when commercial renovations are being completed makes good business sense. It enhances safety protocols, saves energy, and allows employees to be more productive than ever before. In addition to making many tasks more convenient, there is less waste involved and overall functionality is dramatically improved. Upgrading your digital offerings during commercial renovations paves the way for more advancements to be made in the future.