Navigating the New World, How the COVID-19 Crisis Has Strengthened the Case for Smart Buildings Practices and Technologies
First off, we really hope you are safe, healthy and sane. We know this crisis is taking a financial and personal toll on each of us and we here at the Northwest Energy Efficiency Council and Smart Buildings Center extend our thoughts to all our members and stakeholders as we each individually cope with the trauma and loss around us. If there’s anything NEEC can do to help you or your business navigate the current situation, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. As part of our effort to support our members and stakeholders, we are hosting a virtual executive forum that will focus on utilizing smart buildings technologies to prepare for new expectations of buildings and their operations as we re-enter society.
We are sure many of us are beginning to craft the narrative of our own journey over the last several weeks in an attempt to make sense of the chaos and forge a path forward. After the initial shock of the pandemic wore off, we at the Smart Buildings Center, started thinking, discussing and speculating about the impacts of the pandemic on buildings and the smart buildings industry as a whole. In discussions, we talked about how the critical operations of buildings can go on remotely for those who have already installed remote management capabilities, and how these technologies can help businesses manage the risks associated with vacated buildings and unknown equipment failures and the impacts of such events. We heard from some of you about your concerns regarding energy efficiency programs and especially programs that still rely on deemed savings rather than meter based savings, as the dramatic and unforeseen shift in residential and commercial building occupation will profoundly impact energy savings realization rates. We talked about when it will be safe to again occupy buildings and how building owners and operators can leverage technology to help communicate their commitment to healthy workspaces in the post-COVID-19 universe. The discussion is prescient and worth sharing with you.
The COVID-19 crisis has impacted each of us and the world at large in ways that can’t be undone, but it has also strengthened the case for smart buildings technologies and practices to help mitigate unforeseen crisis, better manage building operations, and meet the needs of tenants, occupants and other stakeholders in the built environment. Buildings and building technologies will play a critical role in driving society toward a new normal as we emerge from our homes and return to public life inside of buildings.
As such, the Smart Buildings Center is excited to invite you to a Why Smart Buildings Virtual Executive Forum: Navigating the New World, How the COVID-19 Crisis Has Strengthened the Case for Smart Buildings Practices and Technologies. In this 60-minute webinar, we will hear from Cara Carmichael of the Rocky Mountain Institute, Art Smith of DB Engineering and Matt Golden of Recurve as they explore the impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on commercial buildings.