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Ken Sinclair of Automated Buildings talks about what it means to be a Building Whisperer

In this episode, Ken Sinclair of Automated Buildings talks to the Real Estate Tech Guys about what it means to be a Building Whisperer.

According to Ken, a building whisperer needs to understand the purpose, the reason, the culture of the building, and then make the building adapt to that. Buildings have become more hotels, the workforce has become more inhabitants than occupants. An added wrinkle is that people are sharing space more, which adds to the complexity. No longer is there one client. Now there may be multiple clients in a single space. We have to follow the software vision and figure out how buildings interact with people. The humanistic value proposition in building is the only value proposition going now because the workforce no longer wants to sit at cubicle. They are free spirited and remote.

Digital mindfulness is another emerging concept. The blizzard of information that daily falls on us both overwhelms and frustrates us. Sometimes this is called “attention hijacking,” when we are diverted from a focused thought through the constant availability of information. Instead of making us more productive, it actually reduces our productivity. Even still, there are some experiences in our digital lives that we like and we cherish those. Finding the balance in all of this is the key and we need apps that interact with us.

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Episode 4: A Conversation with Nick Rancis on the Fraunhofer Institute

In this episode, The Real Estate Tech Guys sit down with Nick Rancis to learn about the Fraunhofer Institute in Boston. Nick works for Tech Bridge, a program at Fraunhofer which helps startups de-risk, validate, demonstrate and pilot technologies in a real-world setting. Getting from the inception stage to implementation is very challenging for any new technology. Tech Bridge helps startups integrate best practices for both customers and investors.

Nick also tells the Tech Guys what technologies he’s looking at as game changers in the corporate real estate space.

He shares his insights about the future of the market. Will bigger companies control it or will startups reshape the space entirely? He gives more detail on how he thinks companies can take advantage of all of the new ways to store energy.

For more information about the Fraunhofer Institute, visit their site. Meanwhile, watch the video to hear more about how they are spearheading technology research and solar power data from the insider himself – Nick Rancis, a Real Estate Tech Guru.

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Episode 3: Michael Beckerman on Self-Driving Cars and Other CRE Hot Buttons

In this episode, the Real Estate Tech Guys talk to Michael Beckerman, the CEO of CRETech, about AI and commercial real estate technology. First, we look at WeWork and how they have driven co-working innovation. We also chat about whether or not this will continue to expand, particularly because of all of the technology these co-working spaces offer to different types of companies and tenants.

Another big, game changing technology is self-driving cars, the “meteor that the commercial real estate doesn’t see coming.” This will impact the way buildings are built and will impact the way we experience real estate —with changing how we go to work and more. We’ll dive into these concepts in more depth with Michael.

The amount of growth that is happening in CRE tech is nothing short of incredible. There is extraordinary momentum even though CRE is typically the last industry to adopt technology. But this slow timeframe of adoption of technology is not because the commercial real estate industry is behind the times, but because it is difficult to determine which technologies are worth the time money.

The CRE business is highly successful and there hasn’t been a mandate needed for this new tech until now because landlords and brokers are looking for technology that attract tenants, retain tenants and keep them satisfied. The tenants are primarily looking for these technology solutions which is why there is a new need for this technology. The ecosystem is manifesting from both landlords seeking more efficient buildings and tenants looking for this high-end technology to make their business run more smoothly.

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Episode 2: Michael Beckerman on AI and CRE Tech

In our latest episode, the Real Estate Tech Guys sit down with Michael Beckerman, CEO of CRETech to discuss AI, WeWork, self-driving cars, and how these things can impact commercial real estate.

Everything is accelerating in commercial real estate technology. There has never been so much progress, traction and investment in technology for commercial real estate than in today’s world. There are plenty of great products and solutions that are making tenants’, landlords’ and corporations’ lives better.

The biggest trend that Michael sees is within buildings. WeWork is creating an experience for people in the workplace and AI and self-driving vehicles are coming into play as well. He believes WeWork is a true game changer; that AI is transforming commercial real estate; and that voice will be the next great platform.

“Voice is going to be a pivotal thing with how people communicate maintenance requests, conference rooms, and how they communicate property management issues,” says Michael. Even in everyday life, for example, if you talk about something, an ad will likely pop up the next day relating to what you were talking about. It’s tailored to your needs.

We also look at how CrowdComfort is gathering occupant data that hasn’t being gathered in meaningful ways before, and how this helps property owners and landlords better understand their tenants and what their tenants need.

Take a deep dive into what the future of commercial real estate will look like with AI, WeWork, and self-driving cars with input from Michael Beckerman.

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Episode 1: Meet the Real Estate Tech Guys

The intersection of real estate and technology is a hot market. There is so much tech available for consumers, but the real estate community isn’t adopting it or is very slow to adopt it. Why is this so? If the technology is there, why aren’t these large real estate companies jumping in and implementing this […]

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The Five Best Benefits of Augmented and Virtual Reality in Real Estate

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Augmented and Virtual Reality have gained massive interest in the eyes of the tech community and beyond, because of their broad applications. These technologies are ready to (greatly) benefit real estate.

 

You are standing in the foyer of your dream home. Above you, the cathedral ceiling offers a dazzling crystal chandelier like those in the Disney princess films. As your eye drifts over to the left side of the grand staircase, your model wife comes floating towards you in a dazzling designer gown. A beep of the horn alerts you to the arrival of your chauffeur-driven Italian sports car and you turn to see the halogen headlights seep over your Koi ponds and manicured lawn, complete with topiary depicting the pivotal battle scene in “The Empire Strikes Back.”

 

Suddenly, you hear a distant ringing and the room and all in it goes black.

It is your mother-in-law calling.

The fantasy is over.

 

This is now the norm for many on the house hunt, as advances in virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) have become standard issue for those in real estate (RE). Whereas VR involves allows you to see and even navigate a space that may not exist, AR places that space into a space that does, potentially imposing what could be over what is.

 

For the consumer, the main advantage is that, instead of just flipping through Architectural Digest or scrolling through Hauzz, looking for that table or paint color that will make your home the envy of all your other social-climbing friends, you can now see yourself in the house and see everything in it, making changes in real time before you ever set foot in a real open house. Read more

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Three Reasons why you should consider Clean Energy

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Clean energy has grown exponentially in the last decade and a half, maybe it’s time to consider new ways to power your buildings.

 

In recent years, clean energy/renewable energy has made large strides in market growth, consumption, and implementation in how people power their buildings. If you’re a property manager, here are three reasons why you should think about using clean energy in the future. It’s not a decision that has to be made today, but it is one that should be considered.

 

Here are some simple, but worthwhile reasons, why it’s time to start thinking about renewable energy:

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Boston 2016: A Great Bet for Building a Business

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Boston has always been noted as a wonderful place for innovative businesses, now see why that will be the case in 2016.

 

(CAUTION: OPEN LOVE LETTER TO OUR CITY AHEAD)

 

When we founded CrowdComfort, we knew the city we chose would become an integral portion of our identity, as well as a hotbed of influence for the organizations we’d work with during early expansion. To this effect, Boston became an inevitable choice for a few reasons: Read more

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Buildings, their lifespans, and why they’re “Time-Tested”

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Buildings are unique in that they decay, age, and most importantly, adapt over time. Why is that?

 

Buildings are like the human body—they emerge from construction full of promise and potential. And yet, over time, systems become a bit more rickety, slower to respond, and generally less efficient. In such circumstances, the facility manager must play doctor, diagnosing the building’s issue and finding a suitable course of treatment.

 

But, why do buildings fail? Why are maintenance and system curation always part of the job? Read more

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Maintenance Mapping the Future of Building Architecture?

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The medical industry is currently in the midst of a dramatic reinvention, and it’s all due to an expanding field known as genomics. Here, scientists and doctors collaborate to review an individual’s genome (i.e. the entirety of their DNA) and identify risk factors based on that individual’s specific biological “code.”

 

Just like how a large volume of genomes, or “genetic data points,” is required to identify this risk factors, the same also can be said of buildings. In short: We can use a high volume of data points, like how doctors use genomes, in order to map several problems in the spaces we use.  Read more