More Than an Office: Creating Value 24/7

COVID 19 merely accelerated what was already a cosmic shift in societies’ approach to work and, by extension, commercial real estate. Remote working capabilities have revealed that people can still be productive — if not more so — with the power to choose how and where they focus without feeling like they’re being supervised on some kind of office assembly line. 

The Building Revolution Series
The Building Revolution Series
More Than an Office: Creating Value 24/7

Remote working capabilities have revealed that people can still be productive.

And yet, the workforce still craves the camaraderie and serendipitous encounters that occur only within a physically communal space, not to mention that organizational health depends on such social cohesion. So, where do we go from here? What are the new responsibilities and roles of building and office space decision-makers? What have we learned from the past several years and how can we apply these lessons in order to innovate to boost competitiveness and productivity?

In this episode, we’ll break down the trends and explore the most innovative ways some companies have evolved their office spaces to find just the right balance between employee wellbeing and the bottom line.


Elizabeth C. Nelson
Co-Founder, Head of Innovation and Living Labs at Smart Building Certification

Wouter Kok
Digitalization of Real Estate - Technology & Business - Strategy and Implementation at bGrid

Vivian Suhr
Director of EDGE Workspaces

Michael Peeters
Founder at LAMMP and Sustainable Finance & Data Science for Real Estate at Stadim

Companies on this broadcast

bGrid is Realizing the world's smartest buildings

bGrid is the final smart building solution you will ever need, as it is open to connect and communicate with everything in your building; bGrid provides a unique combination of a complete and open infrastructure with a user-friendly API and 50+ third-party applications already integrated. Creating smart buildings which are user friendly, bGrid multi-sensors sense, control and position everything that happens in the building. This provides valuable insights, personal comfort control and accurate localization of people and assets.

Edge Workspaces is the future-proof working environment for professionals with a purpose

Our sustainable work environments in smart buildings set up the best conditions for people to work, meet and get inspired by the vivacity of other purposeful professionals. Tailored to fit the modern needs of large corporations, SMEs, solopreneurs and freelancers—our high-end workspaces with excellent hospitality services will make your business thrive.

LAMMP design how buildings work for people in the most sustainable way

LAMMP provides environmental, social and economic services to make real estate more enjoyable and durable. We work both project-based and program-based, from early conception to full implementation. We want to create pleasant, efficient living and working environments for users, communities and other stakeholders, while reducing the impact of buildings on resource consumption. Our customers are architects, investors, project developers, HR-and facility managers, care institutions, but we collaborate with local governments as well.

Episode 1

The Power of the Collective

Commercial real estate is currently at the convergence point of multiple crises. Global warming and environmental degradation has the sector focused on energy usage, sustainability, circularity, and decreasing environmental impact. Meanwhile, COVID 19 has accelerated the changing social norms of how real estate is used, where the general public no longer view corporate offices as essential.

Episode 2

Aligning the Complex Stakeholder Map

Everyone knows how hard it is to change an organization, but change is exactly what corporate real estate and companies must initiate. The pressures on the building and construction industry to reduce carbon emissions and for company executives to reduce operational costs while adapting to the demands of the modern workforce have made this a now-or-never moment.

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Too many of us — at the individual and company level — find ourselves paralyzed in thought by the many modern, existential crises bearing down on our collective humanity. Where each generation faced one or two great challenges in their lifetimes, it feels like we’re facing them all at once.

Maybe true, but what’s underreported is that there are many individuals and companies actively finding solutions.

This includes us at EDGE Next and the Smart Building Collective.

In corporate real estate, with 85% of company employees feeling disengaged and 39% of global carbon emissions

generated from office building construction and operation, we sit at a unique point of convergence with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to solve two crises at once.

Because of the many years of experience and expertise our partners bring to the collective, we understand how buildings behave, how they perform both well and poorly. We’ve connected the dots enough to create new technologies that significantly improve building and office space behavior to make them more sustainable for the planet and more livable for the workforce.

This is why we’ve started The Building Revolution.