In Search of the Most Intelligent Building in the World

The trend towards wellness points to a future where the office as we now know it will be completely different to today. Key trends transforming our workplace include increasing choice over where and how we work, with technology being a key enabler of merging professional and personal lives thanks to technologies like telecommuting and cloud computing. Technology, CBRE’s Smart Workplace 2040 research predicts, will also allow us, and our workplaces, to become much more proactive in measuring and managing our health and wellbeing, thanks to inventions like wearable or even embedded sensors.

Today, buildings are already beginning to respond to innovations such as sensor technology. The Edge Building in Amsterdam is a classic example. Often referred to as the smartest building in the world, the Deloitte-occupied building is filled with 28,000 sensors all brought together by a smartphone app that works to control occupant experience. The app knows your schedule, will find you an appropriate workspace and locate your colleagues, and remembers your preferences around temperature and light to make it as comfortable as possible. The building is also designed to feel more like the outdoors, thanks to variations in heat and cooling currents. Sensors in LED light panels above desks measure temperature and humidity and provide detailed feedback that can be used to adjust temperature settings. The app can also suggest desk locations to occupants based on their thermal comfort preferences. No one workspace is further than seven metres from a window.

The Edge is also one of the world’s greenest buildings, having scored UK tool BREEAM’s highest score. Developer OVG Real Estate sees itself as “the Uber of buildings”, and says connecting buildings and utilizing space more efficiently means we will need to build fewer of them. And, as we know, buildings are responsible for almost 25 per cent of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions so getting the most out of them is crucial.

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john banton