I know what I want (and I want it, now!)
We must accept that in public buildings we are run by economic factors. People, however, have become more aware of their rights, safety, health and comfort requirements. We are therefore forced to take people as the primary consideration in our planning and design: if we don’t, we will lose financially and economically.
If end-user behaviour has changed, so has end-user expectation. A future in which a facilities manager is required to provide live feeds about the performance of a tenant’s building isn’t far off. Coupled to this, their environmental expectations have also increased. Today’s tenant is environmentally savvy.
Tenants are increasingly interested in the details of shadow plans and their effect on solar energy capture, buildings that can exist off the grid, the provision of energy battery storage technology, developing self-sustaining ecosystems within their Building of the Future and opportunities to share power between buildings.
Buildings don’t exist in isolation of their precinct or their community. Intelligent Buildings of the Future will be integrated and more effectively connect work spaces with living spaces (whether that be physically or virtually).
Importantly, our environmental focus shouldn’t be limited to our single buildings. No building operates in isolation and Buildings of the Future will need to integrate with the broader community. Smart buildings within a smart precinct will be the focus.
In future, innovative city management will form an alliance with major developers to drive smart precincts, and will require the right data, people movement monitoring and legislative frameworks.