When we look into the future of technology, we often find ourselves daydreaming about sci-fi developments like robots fuelled by artificial intelligence, and cars that know how to drive themselves without damaging the planet. However, technology is changing the way we look at almost every sector – including commercial real estate.
In the following years, new tech could change everything from the way you choose the best office space for your team, to the materials that are used to construct new company buildings. Here, Rebekah Carter of OfficeGenie.co.uk explores the possibilities.
Technology and Choosing Office Space
Perhaps one of the most obvious ways that technology might transform the way we manage commercial real-estate in the future, is by helping companies to make more informed decisions about the office space they rent. Thanks to the advent of “big data”, companies can now evaluate different factors that might help them to decide what type of office space is best for their business.
For instance, you might be able to find data on office space type and aesthetic to inform your decision. For example, how open-plan offices help more creative companies work together more innovatively, or how different colours in office cubicles might inspire workers to work in different ways.
Virtual Reality for Future Real Estate
Right now, virtual reality and augmented reality solutions might seem like little more than a novelty. However, in the future, they could change the way that we perceive the office forever. For instance, when you’re trying to determine what kind of real estate you should invest in for your company, you could use a virtual reality headset to explore the potential office or building, without having to travel to the neighbourhood in person. This could be a powerful tool for business owners who don’t have a lot of time to go property hunting.
Drones for Property Inspections
We often think of drones as toys, or something used primarily by the department of defence. However, they’re quickly emerging as a unique tool for many businesses. Amazon is already using drone technology to provide instant deliveries to customers, and in the future, drones could be the perfect way to make sure that you get a commercial building inspection done quickly, and effectively, without having to adhere to the schedule of a busy professional.
With a drone, companies can inspect roofing, equipment, and real estate structure, all without having to book a physical appointment. What’s more, the use of high-resolution cameras means that the business considering investment in a new property can see any details that an inspector might be worried about blown up on their computer screen.
Building the Office of the Future
Last, but not least, future technology could change the very materials that we use to create cost-effective office buildings. As companies search for cheaper ways to invest in their commercial real estate, the development of longer-lasting materials, and even 3d printed buildings could make property cheaper, and more durable in the long-run.
The concept of printing out an extra office block when you need more space at work might seem like something straight out of a sci-fi movie, but it’s already an option being explored by many construction companies. In the future, 3d printing could allow for the faster, more accurate construction of commercial property, lowering labour costs, reducing waste, and protecting the environment at the same time.
Rebekah Carter writes for OfficeGenie.co.uk: a desk and office space marketplace for freelancers, startups and SMEs.