The WELL Building StandardTM (WELLTM) is aimed at advancing building concepts that help people work, live, perform and feel their best. It is an evidence-based, science-backed rating system that puts people at the center of design decisions by measuring, certifying and monitoring aspects of the built environment as they impact occupants. WELL is considered the future of modern design.
Technology and globalization have altered the way we work forever. Many organizations aim to offer employees the ability to work wherever, whenever and however they desire. To support that flexibility, companies are developing dynamic, adaptable workspace to accommodate the changing needs of their workers.
Shared office space is not a new idea. Sole entrepreneurs and remote workers from global businesses have used them for several decades when they needed office space for meetings or the facade of a “real office” when meeting with clients. Back in the day when working from home was not an accepted norm, shared office space provided an office address and a live person to answer the phone, and a creative, collaborative alternative to working solo.
Green office buildings in the U.S. are defined as those that hold either an EPA ENERGY STAR® label, U.S. Green Building Council LEED® certification or both. ENERGY STAR is a US government-backed organization that helps businesses determine cost-effective approaches to primarily managing energy use in their buildings. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a third-party green building certification program and the globally recognized standard for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings and neighborhoods. It is the most widely used green building rating system in the world.
The commercial real estate (CRE) industry is ever-evolving with new technologies, regulations, and workplace issues all influencing change. Here is an overview of five CRE trends that we believe strongly impact the market. Smart lighting plays a vital role in each.
It’s that time of the year! It’s time for our annual prediction list of top commercial lighting trends for the coming year.
Those that made our top 5 list for 2018 have broad impact across the commercial lighting industry. Each highlights how technology-driven the industry has become and indicates the direction we see lighting systems take as part of the broader smart building and IoT world. It’s going to be an exciting year!
Here at OSRAM we are constantly reading industry research and articles about the changing workforce and its resulting impact on commercial office space. We want to share with you some of the pieces we found to be most interesting on this evolving workforce.
Today’s workforce is undergoing profound changes. Baby boomers are staying in the workforce longer and plan to retire later than any other previous generation. A 2015 Gallup poll reported that 37% of non-retired Americans said they don’t expect to stop working until after age 65.That is up considerably from the 14% who said this in 1995. Couple that with millennials who are accustomed to flexibility, openness, and instant connectivity that are taking over a lion’s share of jobs. By 2020 these digital native, hyper-connected millennials will make up 50% of the workforce and 75% by 2025, according to public policy research firm Brookings Institution.
A recent Deloitte study projects that sensor deployment in commercial real estate is likely to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 78.8 percent between 2015 and 2020 to nearly 1.3 billion. It is clear that smart building technology is evolving at lightning pace and delivering way more than just energy savings.