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has demonstrated the importance of smart building readiness and risk
resiliency. It also is going to have a lasting impact on the way
building owners and operators think about the importance of automation
control frameworks and building operating platforms.
realize that there is no silver bullet to protect against the likes of
a COVID-19 and that it will take a multi-layered strategy and approach.
We can speculate about what’s next, what will be the next normal.
However, we should remember the technology we have in place for
connectivity, integration, building/facility management and control for
leveraging existing systems are indeed powerful tools to combat
COVID-19 and help ensure the health and safety of occupants and an
environment of trust.
Our indoor life has come front and center. The healthy building movement has changed the way owners and facility managers evaluate their buildings, but the coronavirus pandemic will now change that even more. We need to look for new assessments that mitigate risk exposure with installed systems, particularly HVAC and mechanical systems that do not have the capacity or resiliency to maintain higher levels of ventilation, higher filtration rates and longer hours of operation. Owners and operators are seeing greater value propositions in investing in better controllability of their building's systems. Better control leads to the ability to minimize risk.
One of the biggest fall outs from this pandemic is the culture of how buildings are to be managed and operated; it has forced a paradigm change---shift from being driven by performance, efficiency, etc. to ones driven by risk mitigation, safety, crisis avoidance and trust. ROI discussions have turned toward protecting the health of the human capital that occupy buildings. Building systems that may have been driven by energy savings pre-COVID-19, will be driven more by occupant health, and well-being in addition to a more holistic approach to system resiliency.
occupants feel safe and secure within the built environment is not
important just to businesses survival, it is for our industry. We are
uniquely poised to meet the challenge as we can tap into solutions we
have already developed and deployed in making buildings and facilities
connected, integrated and interoperable.
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