Cre­at­ing Healthy Build­ings

Silicon Luxembourg - - IN FOCUS - ROBERT SPICER CEO, VYZVOICE

WINDHOF-BASED VYZVOICE DE­VEL­OPED CHO­RUS, A SE­CURE, CLOUDBASED IOT PLAT­FORM. CHO­RUS FOR COM­MER­CIAL BUILD­INGS IS AN END-TO-END SO­LU­TION THAT PRO­VIDES THE FRAME­WORK AND TOOLS TO EAS­ILY AND RAPIDLY CRE­ATE DATA AN­A­LYT­ICS AND VI­SU­AL­IZA­TION AP­PLI­CA­TIONS FOR ALL DATA STAKE­HOLD­ERS IN THE COM­MER­CIAL BUILD­ING ECOSYS­TEM. AP­PLI­CA­TIONS AD­DRESS EN­ERGY EF­FI­CIENCY, COM­FORT AND WELL­BE­ING, SUS­TAIN­ABIL­ITY, MAIN­TE­NANCE, COM­PLI­ANCE AND CER­TI­FI­CA­TION, IN­CLUD­ING PRE-DE­FINED MET­RICS FOR BREEAM AS­SESS­MENT. DE­VEL­OPED AS A DE­VICE-AG­NOS­TIC, EASY-TO-USE, SCAL­ABLE SO­LU­TION, VYZVOICE LOW­ERS THE BAR­RI­ERS FACED BY MID­DLE-MAR­KET COM­PA­NIES ON THEIR PATH TO DIG­I­TAL TRANS­FOR­MA­TION. CRE­AT­ING VALUE FOR OWN­ERS AND OC­CU­PANTS THROUGH THE DIG­I­TAL TRANS­FOR­MA­TION OF COM­MER­CIAL BUILD­INGS

Dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion has swept across all in­dus­tries, and com­mer­cial real es­tate is no ex­cep­tion. The re­duced cost of sen­sors and con­nected de­vices means that mid­dle-mar­ket com­mer­cial build­ings can also reap the ben­e­fits of data-driven de­ci­sion mak­ing, a re­source that had pre­vi­ously been re­served for new con­struc­tion or large-scale build­ings with higher in­vest­ment ca­pa­bil­i­ties and IT re­sources.

LOOK­ING BE­YOND EN­ERGY EF­FI­CIENCY TO HEALTHY, PRO­DUC­TIVE WORK EN­VI­RON­MENTS

En­ergy ef­fi­ciency has been the key driver for smart build­ings, with a fo­cus on cost re­duc­tion and sus­tain­abil­ity tar­gets, but the in­door en­vi­ron­ment is not al­ways con­sid­ered. A grow­ing body of ev­i­dence now clearly demon­strates that in­door cli­mate sig­nif­i­cant im­pacts em­ployee well­be­ing. Tem­per­a­ture, hu­mid­ity, ven­ti­la­tion rates, CO2, VOC (Volatile Or­ganic Com­pounds), lu­mi­nos­ity and noise lev­els di­rectly im­pact not only em­ployee health but their abil­ity to con­cen­trate and be pro­duc­tive.

MEA­SUR­ABLE FI­NAN­CIAL IM­PACT FOR OWN­ERS AND TEN­ANTS

The con­cept of pro­mot­ing em­ployee well­be­ing at work is noth­ing new. How­ever, it is not un­til re­cently that the sig­nif­i­cant fi­nan­cial im­pact for com­pa­nies is un­der­stood in terms of re­duced ab­sences, in­creased pro­duc­tiv­ity, and im­proved em­ployee sat­is­fac­tion and re­ten­tion. Em­ployee costs ac­count for 90% of a com­pany's costs in a com­mer­cial build­ing. A small in­crease in em­ployee pro­duc­tiv­ity car­ries a sig­nif­i­cant fi­nan­cial ben­e­fit. Lead­ing com­pa­nies now rec­og­nize the pro­mo­tion of well­be­ing and a healthy work en­vi­ron­ment as a com­pet­i­tive ad­van­tage in their op­er­a­tions, and in their abil­ity to at­tract and re­tain top tal­ent.

Build­ing own­ers who re­spond to these needs are re­warded with pre­mium rents, lower ten­ant turnover and re­tained build­ing value. Many seek to lever­age build­ing cer­ti­fi­ca­tions as a dif­fer­en­tia­tor in at­tract­ing and re­tain­ing top ten­ants and max­i­miz­ing their re­turn on in­vest­ment. BREEAM, the world's lead­ing build­ing sus­tain­abil­ity as­sess­ment method, is rec­og­nized as a bench­mark in sus­tain­able, healthy build­ings. Own­ers of Breeam-cer­ti­fied build­ings re­port up to a 24% in­crease in rental rates com­pared to con­ven­tional build­ings, and con­sider cer­ti­fi­ca­tion to pre­serve and in­crease mar­ket value.

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