Office buildings in Poland are becoming more and more innovative. Intelligent solutions will be more and more visible in office spaces. Various types of applications, systems and sensor networks as well as algorithms processing the collected data allow you to easily manage not only individual rooms or offices, but also entire buildings.
Very often, these facilitations are aimed at supporting the functioning of employees in the office space, but the use of pro-ecological solutions is also a strong trend. The COVID-19 pandemic forces developers and tenants to invest in new innovative functionalities.
Intelligent office buildings in Poland
More and more companies decide to rent office space in modern buildings. They are often called intelligent office buildings. With the help of hundreds or even thousands of sensors connected to computer systems, they control the consumption of electricity, water, air conditioning, and access to rooms and garages. Developers use more and more modern solutions.
“Various types of technologies help to maintain and manage not only the tenant’s office space, but also the entire building” says Karol Wyka, rental director at HB Reavis Poland, a company managing offices, among others. in Warsaw’s Varso office building.
Modern solutions are not only a way of more effective management of office buildings, but most of all they are facilities for the people working in them. Each employee located in the office building can, for example, download an application thanks to which he will find out what is happening elsewhere in the office, order food to his company from premises in the building or send an inviting QR code that his guests will be able to use to enter instead of a plastic card.
“Thanks to the telephone, the employee is able to open the door, call the elevator or drive into the garage. We do not have to have a card with us, we can arrange most things by phone” , explains Karol Wyka.
The Symbiosy system used by HB Reavis allows for the analysis of behaviour in the workplace. The sensors used in buildings allow, for example, the counting of people entering and leaving the office.
In the case of sensory card readers, it is possible to study, for example, interactions between given departments of the company, which, based on the frequency of meetings, will show, for example, how the employees of the sales department cooperate with the marketing department. It also helps you use conference rooms more efficiently and schedule meetings.
“Some rooms are always occupied from morning to 12.00 and it may seem that there are not enough of them. On the other hand, an office manager, having a knowledge base built on sensor data, is able to better control the work of the office. In the case of our buildings, applications are an innovation that is present in most of them, in particular in new buildings”, says the Leasing Director of HB Reavis Poland.
Data collected from sensors helps health of employees
The data collected from sensors also allow the implementation of solutions, activities that have a positive impact on the health of employees and the efficiency of their work.
“Symbios are a set of sensors that can be used to wrap the entire office and thanks to which we know that, for example, in a given conference room there is too much carbon dioxide concentration. It is not surprising then that in such a room most of the meeting participants are asleep.
The sensor catches it and we can either ventilate the room, if we have tilt windows, or a special ventilation system is able to pump fresh air from another part of the office”, explains Karol Wyka.
As he emphasises, the majority of solutions implemented in modern office buildings are related to ecology and saving energy and water. This aspect is increasingly important for both tenants and developers. This is evidenced by the popularity of green certificates for buildings (e.g. BREEAM or LEED), and thus the design of zero-emission office buildings packed with innovations.
“Among the interesting innovative solutions that affect the ecology is the energy recovery system in elevators”, says the rental director of HB Reavis Poland. – When braking, the elevator recovers the energy it can use.
Been used in Formula 1 racing cars for many years
The Kinetic Energy Recovery During Braking (KERS) has been used in Formula 1 racing cars for many years.
“Rainwater, so-called water is collected. dirty, which is then used to water green spaces in buildings” , says the expert. – Also the BMS, Building Management System, which is used to manage the building, should be the newest and the most innovative. He also influences ecological topics
. For example, a system of blinds controlled by the BMS is able to generate savings in energy consumption. Similarly to fan coil contacts, i.e. devices that turn off the air conditioning and ventilation system in a given room when opening windows or unsealing ventilation panels.
According to the expert, the future of this sector of the real estate market will be based on further modernization of the methods of space management.
“If you want to follow the set trends, the innovation trend is very important. Already when designing offices a few years ago, we foresaw that topics related to ecology, which are very important at the moment, should be introduced into building applications “, says Karol Wyka. – COVID-19 has only reinforced this trend.