Tech Upgrades for the Office

Skip the paint job: make over your office space with smart technology. The latest tools add security, energy efficiency and comfort to any workplace. Impress your employees and your clients with these upgrades.

#1. SMART THERMOSTATS

Stop covering the thermostat with locking plastic covers. Smart thermostats automate temperature controls based on occupancy. Some connect through Wi-Fi for remote adjustments or viewing energy efficiency reports. Smart thermostat Nest adjusts temperatures for specific times of day and seasons. One version learns the office routine and adjusts accordingly. The ecobee3 uses smart remote sensors to monitor other rooms. It eliminates one room being the right temperature while others swelter or shiver away. Honeywell’s Prestige Thermostat operates commercial systems remotely and integrates with other sensors.

#2. SMART LOCKS

Smart doors digitally control room or building access. The locking systems range from keypads to a virtual system using a smartphone to gain entry. Some systems, like August Lock, don’t change the door’s appearance. Users assign virtual “keys” to workers, control the lock over the internet, or use a code. RemoteLock uses the cloud to control multiple business locations. Its system locks access remotely and controls various door types.

#3. LIGHTING CONTROL

Don’t you hate when someone leaves the lights on in an empty room? What a waste of energy! Occupancy sensors detect when a space is in use and automates lights accordingly. Some systems adjust light intensity based on available natural light for maximum comfort level.  Philips Lighting personalizes office lighting systems adjustable to employee needs.

#4. CONNECTED WHITEBOARD

Go for the “wow” factor with a connected whiteboard. Paired with cloud, this hardware whiteboard assists with collaboration. Install in conference rooms for use in meetings or for brainstorming sessions. SMART kapp is a share-as-you-go whiteboard syncs with phone, tablet, PC. Share or save session notes as PDF or JPEGs. Other smart whiteboards available for commercial office space: Google Jamboard, Cisco Webex Board, and Microsoft Surface Hub.

#5. DYNAMIC GLASS

Are you willing to spend a little more on that retrofit? Check out ViewGlass’ dynamic glass. Turn your phone into a remote control to adjust the window tinting depending on time of day, sun angle, or brightness. Dynamic glass is a great energy-saving resource that comes in different tint levels. The LC Privacy Glass product from eGlass can turns opaque to create privacy barriers and can be voice-controlled.

#6. VIDEO DOORBELL

Add another layer of security with a video doorbell. Provide remote access through a phone app. Some video doorbells include motion sensor and video recording to see who came knocking when you were out of the office. Check out Ring, SkyBell HD, or the August Doorbell Cam Pro. Different available features include HD video, storage, cloud storage, and phone syncing.

This article originally appeared on the CRETECH website.

About The Sundance Company                                                      
Established in 1976, The Sundance Company has the experience to help you with your commercial real estate needs throughout the Boise Valley. If your requirements include property management, leasing, real estate development, project planning, construction or space planning then look to us. The Sundance Company has more than 1.5 million square feet of office and industrial space available in prime locations in the Boise metropolitan area. More information is available at www.sundanceco.com or 208.322.7300.

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About The Sundance Company                                                      
Established in 1976, The Sundance Company has the experience to help you with your commercial real estate needs throughout the Boise Valley. If your requirements include property management, leasing, real estate development, project planning, construction or space planning then look to us. The Sundance Company has more than 1.5 million square feet of office and industrial space available in prime locations in the Boise metropolitan area. More information is available at www.sundanceco.com or 208.322.7300.

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How to Slash Wasted Energy Spend with Technology

What if we told you commercial buildings consume one-fifth of the total US energy consumption? That’s what the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) claims. Commercial real estate represents 20 percent of the United States’ total energy consumption. Effective energy management of commercial buildings isn’t just a way to reduce greenhouse emissions. Technology retrofits and building monitoring systems cut energy use by as much as 30 percent. Key technologies for reducing wasted energy use include:

#1. OCCUPANCY SENSING

These beacons and sensors range in size and scope, but effectively monitor high energy use items like lighting, cooling, and humidity. The latest in occupancy sensors automatically adjust empty and occupied spaces based on the seasons, time of day, and upcoming scheduled activities. Some sensors tied into a building management system will start to cool down a conference room for a morning meeting overnight when it costs less to run HVAC.

#2. MEASURING ENERGY OUTPUT

Kontrol Energy uses the Internet of Things (IoT) to track each device’s energy output so every stakeholder can track their energy consumption. Building and asset managers can see down to the specific room to target building areas with a higher energy bill than others. This critical data helps facility managers understand how their buildings and businesses consume energy. Without it, managers can’t target areas to reduce use and costs.

Software models a building’s energy consumption. Energy Plus and Open Studio have options to experiment with energy consumption models and building loads. The software is excellent during the initial design or retrofit stage to experiment with what upgrades will increase energy efficiency.

#3. AUTOMATED MONITORING HARDWARE

Heating and cooling accounts for 25 percent of a building’s total energy use, says the EIA.

The challenge in commercial buildings is to provide the right amount of comfort depending on use, day, and occupants. IoT devices track building use and some automatically adjust based on patterns. These same devices monitor systems, like a HVAC unit, for efficiency. The hardware highlights changes in efficiency that might indicate a problem. After, all a well-run unit uses less energy than a broken one. Immediate action can get a system back running faster, saving time and money.

#4. DEMAND RESPONSE PROGRAM

Businesses can give back to the power grid with a demand response program and earn income at the same time. How? Utility companies will pay participating companies for “powering down” during times the grid experiences strain. Businesses will need backup power sources, like generators, but the cost of running these could be less than what the power companies payout. Program rules vary by region.

#5. WINDOWS

New advances to windows make the latest models more energy-efficient, but who would have thought windows were smart? The latest innovations include dynamic glass, where occupants remotely control the window tinting. The extra shade cools interior spaces on summer days or the extra light warms the room during chilly winter days.

Building and facilities managers, weigh the benefits of installing energy-saving technology in your commercial spaces. The technology could increase revenue by reducing operating expenses like energy costs while attracting prime tenants.

This article originally appeared on the CRETECH website.

About The Sundance Company                                                      
Established in 1976, The Sundance Company has the experience to help you with your commercial real estate needs throughout the Boise Valley. If your requirements include property management, leasing, real estate development, project planning, construction or space planning then look to us. The Sundance Company has more than 1.5 million square feet of office and industrial space available in prime locations in the Boise metropolitan area. More information is available at www.sundanceco.com or 208.322.7300.

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The Road to Success – 30 Habits, Qualities and Secrets

 

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Established in 1976, The Sundance Company has the experience to help you with your commercial real estate needs throughout the Boise Valley. If your requirements include property management, leasing, real estate development, project planning, construction or space planning then look to us. The Sundance Company has more than 1.5 million square feet of office and industrial space available in prime locations in the Boise metropolitan area. More information is available at www.sundanceco.com or 208.322.7300.

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The 2018 Summer Reading List for CRE Professionals

Who has time to read books these days?

Well, the most successful leaders in technology, business, and media for starters.

Did you know Mark Cuban spends three hours a day reading? Or, that Bill Gates reads roughly 50 books per year?

Sure, they could be spending that time sailing around on yachts, taking meetings, attending events or however else it is billionaires spend their time, but instead, they carve out a chunk of every day for learning new things through books.

So, what’s stopping you?

If you need to feel like you’re accomplishing something productive at all hours of the day, we suggest downloading an app called GoodReads, which allows you to read book reviews, discover new authors and check off all the books you read. It even allows you to set reading goals.

To get you started on your summer reading, we’ve gathered a list of books sure to inspire, motivate and drive you to greater success in your commercial real estate career.

Your Best Year Ever: A 5-Step Plan for Achieving Your Most Important Goals by Michael Hyatt

Remember that list of goals you wrote down at the beginning of the year? How’s that going? We are all capable of fantasizing about the goals we hope to accomplish, but many of us struggle with devising a plan for actually achieving what we want to do. With his 2018 book, Hyatt sets out to help you close the gap between your dreams and your reality. With scientifically backed principals, you could completely redesign your life for success in just five hours.

Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry

We talk about the importance of emotional intelligence on the Apto blog a lot. It’s what separates the truly adept CRE professionals from the blockheads. Yet all too often, we assume it’s something we are either born with or without, when in reality, it’s something we can strengthen just like any muscle in our body. Bradberry takes a step-by-step approach to helping you improve your EQ by focusing on the four core components. Written in 2009, this book has been a favorite amongst sales people for nearly a decade.

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

Written in 2014, this book has a cult following. Through colorful anecdotes and scientific evidence, Duhigg dives deep into the psychology of habits and how they shape every factor of our lives and the society we live in. If you haven’t read it already, it’s a must for anyone looking to make small or even big changes to their lives, or the way they approach work, by altering their habits.

The Right—and Wrong—Stuff: How Brilliant Careers Are Made and Unmade by Carter Cast

What makes some people so successful in their careers, while others never seem to make a dent in their potential? Or, what about those coworkers who seem to have so much confidence, yet completely derail after a setback? Cast, a professor at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, explores the five pillars of career derailment and how they can be avoided to forge a bright and fulfilling career path. No matter where you are in your career, this book can provide valuable insight on navigating work and life.

The Millionaire Real Estate Agent: It’s Not About the Money…It’s About Being the Best You Can Be! by Gary Keller

This book is a classic in the commercial real estate community for its commitment to helping you become the best, most productive broker you can be. Learn the concepts that drive production plus lead generation models that work to increase your yearly profits. Released in 2004, it’s a must for brokers.

Rise and Grind: Outperform, Outwork, and Outhustle Your Way to a More Successful and Rewarding Life by Daymond John

Daymond John of NBC’s Shark Tank and the clothing company, FUBU, knows a thing or two about going without while pouring everything into a business. This book, which is a follow up to his 2016 bestseller, The Power of Broke, studies the habits of the most successful individuals and lays out a path to help you achieve similar success through good-old-fashioned hard work.

Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz

We talk a lot about the revelatory impacts the findings from big data have on everything from how we perceive major world events, to work, to how we interact with others, but how often do we consider the data itself or how it is collected? That’s exactly what Stephens-Davidowitz sets out to do. The result is an illuminating, perplexing and sometimes comical exploration of data and how it affects us, and us it.

This article originally appeared on the Apto Commercial Real Estate blog.

About The Sundance Company
Established in 1976, The Sundance Company has the experience to help you with your commercial real estate needs throughout the Boise Valley. If your requirements include property management, leasing, real estate development, project planning, construction or space planning then look to us. The Sundance Company has more than 1.5 million square feet of office and industrial space available in prime locations in the Boise metropolitan area. More information is available at www.sundanceco.com or 208.322.7300.

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Five LinkedIn Groups Every CRE Professional Should Join

LinkedIn is an important social media platform for commercial real estate professionals. It’s a place to tout your professional accomplishments, stay in contact with your network, and form new relationships.

But beyond simply checking messages every few days, top CRE professionals work to develop a presence on LinkedIn’s most important CRE groups. LinkedIn has tons of industry-specific groups, and CRE is no exception. So whether it’s engaging with power players in your market or finding the perfect place to post listings, every CRE professional should build a presence on these five groups.

  1. Commercial Real Estate Referral Network

This group should be every CRE professionals first stop on LinkedIn. With over 21,000 members, the Commercial Real Estate Referral Network is a goldmine for CRE professionals looking to share experiences, trade referrals and connect with other professionals in the industry.

It could also help you land your next deal. Unlike many groups on LinkedIn, here you can post your listings and help interested buyers discover new financing options.

  1. Building Owners and Managers Association International (BOMA)

When it comes to office sector networking, look no further than BOMA. This group’s members own or manage more than nine billion square feet of office space across North America. Taken together, that represents 80% of all the office space on the continent.

Whether it’s leasing practices, the newest technologies or the latest market trends, expect conversations here cover to everything office. BOMA boasts over 80,000 members, many of whom are leaders in their markets, so add your name to the list and start learning new strategies while forging important connections.

  1. Urban Land Institute

With over 66,000 members, ULI’s LinkedIn group is one of the largest in the industry. Just like the organization, this group focuses on using land responsibly and creating sustainable communities across the globe.

This is a must-join group for everyone who wants to keep on top of the latest sustainability insights in the industry. It’s also a great place to have interesting discussions with CRE professionals all over the world.

  1. International Council of Shopping Centers – ICSC

Retail real estate is evolving like never before, and the ICSC group is the perfect place for CRE professionals who deal with multi-retail spaces to stay up to date on industry trends.

More than 60,000 members from over 100 countries contribute to this group, making it the ideal place to network while learning about the latest developments across the retail landscape.

  1. NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association

This group offers something for everyone. NAIOP’s LinkedIn group connects more than 27,000 industry professionals working in office, industrial and mixed-use real estate. That makes it one of the most diverse CRE groups out there, and it’s a great place to learn new ideas while meeting professionals from all over the industry.

NAIOP is also one of the strongest advocators in the industry and consistently pushes for legislation that creates jobs for its members. Join this group to network with a diverse group of CRE professionals and learn how impending legislation could impact the industry.

LinkedIn is a critical tool for every CRE professional. But beyond just building a strong profile, up your game and participate in the industry’s most important groups. Doing so will teach you new strategies and strengthen your network. And who knows, it might just lead to your next big deal.

This article originally appeared on the Apto Commercial Real Estate blog.

About The Sundance Company
Established in 1976, The Sundance Company has the experience to help you with your commercial real estate needs throughout the Boise Valley. If your requirements include property management, leasing, real estate development, project planning, construction or space planning then look to us. The Sundance Company has more than 1.5 million square feet of office and industrial space available in prime locations in the Boise metropolitan area. More information is available at www.sundanceco.com or 208.322.7300.

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8 Entrepreneurial Skills You Should Teach Your Kids

About The Sundance Company
Established in 1976, The Sundance Company has the experience to help you with your commercial real estate needs throughout the Boise Valley. If your requirements include property management, leasing, real estate development, project planning, construction or space planning then look to us. The Sundance Company has more than 1.5 million square feet of office and industrial space available in prime locations in the Boise metropolitan area. More information is available at www.sundanceco.com or 208.322.7300.

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