In an age where humans have combined everything from space stations and far-flung satellites to the smart gadgets in our hands, it’s only natural that our buildings follow suit into the heart of digital evolution. Businesses all over the world are beginning to embrace the idea of smart buildings to claim energy-efficient workplaces, productive employees and strategies that can achieve unprecedented business growth.

A smart building combines the most recent breakthroughs in IoT and related technologies to automate processes that can control a building’s operational activities. These processes automatically control functions such as regulating the heating, lighting, security, ventilation and air conditioning of a building’s interior environment.

Smart buildings and industrial automation are transforming workplaces everywhere for the better. Here are four reasons why you should use smart building technology to propel your industrial and business workspaces into the future:

1. Easier maintenance

Smart buildings revolve around the use of many sensors that are built right into the building infrastructure. These sensors collect massive amounts of data that can be used to manage and maintain the building in the most efficient ways possible. They can measure the technical performance of a building, detect any malfunctioning equipment and begin taking steps for maintenance even before any alarms are triggered.

2. Increased efficiency

A key benefit made possible with smart buildings is that you have absolute control over the building’s conditions, which allows you to devise smarter methods of optimising business energy usage. Smart building technology ensures that all building conditions such as air conditioning or heating are at optimal levels and are in line with the number of users, regardless of what the conditions outside the building may be.

3. Lowered energy consumption

No matter how you crunch the numbers, there’s no getting around the fact that smart buildings help reduce the energy consumption of a system by a significant amount. Based on the data from your energy audit, you’ll generally be able to reduce the energy consumption of your building up to 35 per cent. Lower energy consumption means improved efficiency, a greener work environment and of course – more business savings.

4. More productivity

Smart buildings can help boost productivity by designing workspaces that allow employees to work in comfort. This technology ensures that all health and safety standards for employees are being met in the most cost-effective ways possible. And since these buildings are continually monitoring the use of business structures and facilities, they make sure that all systems are constantly being adjusted to meet the requirements of their users.