THE RISE OF SMART COMMUNITIES - December 1, 2022 at 9am
Developers are increasingly integrating smart amenities into their building projects to make them more resident-friendly, and improve overall efficiency and livability. According to a report by McKinsey Global Institute, cities can use smart technologies to improve key quality-of-life indicators by 10 to 30 percent.
Smart building systems provide increased security, improved energy efficiency, and enhanced connectivity, all of which contribute to a better resident experience. Examples of smart amenities that developers are incorporating into their projects include smart locks, thermostats, lighting, and home assistants.
Proving the efficacy of such features, there are several smart condo projects that have become renowned in the industry, including projects in Beacon Hill, Boston, the Hudson Yards development in New York City, and the Brickell Flatiron in Miami. They have set a strong example, allowing developers to incorporate smart amenities into their designs in a practical and cost-effective way by following best practices for smart amenity design.
Beacon Hill is a neighborhood in Boston, Massachusetts with a rich history and unique architecture. There have been a variety of new rental projects in the area, such as the Harrison Albany Block and the 100 Shawmut project, which have been designed to blend in with the historic architecture of the neighborhood while providing modern amenities and energy-efficient features.
The neighborhood is known for its charm and walkability, and it attracts residents and visitors alike who appreciate its rich history and cultural significance. By implementing modern smart technology and amenities into these communities, developers have displayed their understanding of the priorities of residents, retaining the charm and culture while making communities more livable.
When designing smart communities, developers must carefully choose the right technology, implement a user-friendly interface, and ensure compatibility with existing building systems. This ensures that the amenities will work as intended, and make residents’ lives easier as opposed to more difficult.
We as developers should better understand the benefits and challenges of incorporating smart amenities into their building projects. Incorporating smart amenities can enhance the resident experience, improve building efficiency, and contribute to a more sustainable future.