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Let's work better

The work environment is changing rapidly. Technology and personalization are bringing new opportunities and challenges to how workspaces are designed and managed, to employees’ working habits, health and wellbeing, to personal control of the office environment, and to the work-life balance.


The Smart Buildings hub is all about sharing insights from industry- leading developers, designers, building owners and their blue- chip occupants. Everything you need to know to keep pace with this fast-moving sector and create a happier, more productive workplace.

Babette Bouman on future trends in the workplace, filmed at The Edge, Amsterdam for Philips Lighting

I think the future of the office will be more about meeting and talking to people and collaborating."

- Babette Bouman, Architect, Fokkema & Partners

Let's make the world better


Enabling this change is the Smart Building. Intelligent and responsive, it integrates the latest developments in the Internet of Things and always-on communications to deliver data-driven insights that increase productivity, enhance occupant happiness and well-being, improve sustainability, and optimize service delivery and operations.


Along with highly efficient LED-based connected lighting systems, innovative materials and circular approaches to construction and renovation position the Smart Building sector as an important component of global net zero energy and carbon-neutral initiatives. These initiatives are key to alleviating the severest effects of climate change.

Discover more topics and trends

We've identified four key drivers that are changing the workplace now and will continue to shape it in the future.

Green buildings more than energy saving infographic

Green buildings

More than energy saving


Our increasing demands and finite resources call for a more considered, sustainable and responsible approach to how we do business as urban growth continues. Find out more about the circular economy approach and the real “meaning of greening” in today’s office.

Connectivity optimizing the office infographic


Optimizing the office


Discover how the seamless technology of a “smart building” supports flexible, wireless working, optimizes employee comfort and productivity and offers energy efficiency and control to owners and tenants.

Health and wellbeing is good for business infographic

Health and wellbeing

Good for business


With generations X, Y and Z now co-workers, each with their own different working styles and needs, we look at how workplace comfort can keep people healthy, happy, motivated and


Activity based workspaces infographic

Engagement and experience
Flexibility is king


The digital revolution has changed the way we work, bringing with it infinitely more flexibility, choice and opportunity over how, where and when we work. Is your office ready for the change?

Smart lighting: enabling the IoT

In a new report 'Market Guide for Smart Lighting', leading industry analyst Gartner finds that smart lighting can serve as an enabling infrastructure for Internet of Things capabilities that go far beyond lighting and energy savings. When creating a digital platform for smart buildings, connected LED lighting is key.

Because the smart lighting industry is rapidly evolving, IT leaders must select a smart lighting approach that can grow with them as they expand their digital ecosystems. Success depends on the collaboration of many stakeholders, including property owners, corporate real estate professionals, employees and policymakers. In Gartner’s analysis, only a few vertically integrated lighting companies can deliver a complete, fully integrated smart lighting solution today. These companies offer strategies that promise to lead the industry in connected systems and ensure future growth. Gartner forecast that smart lighting will be designed into 70% of commercial buildings by 2020.

Gartner, Inc., Market Guide for Smart Lighting, Dean Freeman, 15th August 2016
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