As a business owner, you may be thinking, “Upgrading my office space or building with newer equipment and better technology seems too expensive. I doubt it will provide enough return on investment.” This is a common misconception that is quickly starting to change.
Modernizing older commercial structures with affordable technologies like real-time data feedback, new efficient lighting, HVAC controls, wireless sensors, and submetering can have a big impact on the ROI equation.
Going with smart technology offers lower operating costs on average, and older buildings are leading candidates. While ROI varies from building to building, almost any building type can benefit from smart technologies and upgraded software platforms, no matter how old.
Intelligent buildings use 20-40% less energy and result in 8-9% lower operating expenses according to the McGraw-Hill Construction SmartMarket Report.
A smart building generally refers to a building in which at least a few systems, such as telecommunications, security, and HVAC are programmable and controlled by computers. From energy savings to improved budgeting accuracy, investing in these technologies can yield a considerable return over time.
Here are some common places to start.
1. Smart Lighting
Upgraded lighting systems can produce noteworthy energy savings. Automated controls, occupancy sensors, and real-time data can all help improve energy performance.
2. Smart Elevators
Automated elevators get people there faster while using less energy. Plus, they give technicians real-time data and control to prevent future breakdowns.
3. Smart Security Systems
Advanced security systems can provide sophisticated capabilities such as visual recognition, control of secured areas, and data analytics to keep your space and information safe.
Smart buildings make it easier to adopt submetering, which gives tenants greater control over utilities. Submetering is the implementation of a system that allows for individually measured utility usage.
QC Commercial Construction is a licensed and insured commercial general contractor specializing in business tenant build-outs and improvements. We have earned a solid reputation and an excellent record of successful projects based on over 25 years of experience. From demolition to final inspection, our teams of professional craftsmen focus on quality assurance while maintaining cost control and managing scheduling constraints.
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