Smart Building Trends in 2022 + example companies

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Virtually Everything in a Smart Building is Connected

The future of construction and building design is shaped by smart buildings. They are the key to a better, more comfortable life. The smart building movement is also about innovation — about bringing new ideas to the forefront so that we can all benefit from them.

Smart buildings are designed to capture the best of what the future holds: automation, advanced tech, and people working together.

Smart buildings use technology to create more comfort, more energy efficiency, and more benefits for their occupants. Smart buildings can also be designed with more ease of use in mind, as well as being able to be managed from afar. In essence, smart buildings use automation to monitor and modify numerous elements. These include things like heating, ventilation, and air quality (HVAC).

5 Current Trends in Smart Buildings

Smart Surveillance

Energy Efficiency Applications

Space utilisation

Indoor Positioning

Indoor Robotics

Capital Invested in Smart Buildings

Interest in smart building solutions has grown drastically over the years. There is a big trend in investment in smart buildings – also known as intelligent buildings. Despite some fluctuation between the years, the trendline looks promising. In 2011, capital invested was roughly €0.05 billion, when in 2021 the respective number was €2.86 billion. 2022 investment comprises the first 3 quarters only and is expected to increase during the last quarter of 2022.

Capital invested in smart buildings

Capital Invested in Smart Buildings (in € Billions) between 2011 and 2022.

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5 trends + Example Companies

Smart buildings encompass a variety of different solutions. Below we present five heavily-invested trends in the market, as well as tech company examples for each trend. The trends that are in focus of this Innosight are: Smart Surveillance, Energy Efficiency Applications, Space Utilisation, Indoor Positioning, and Indoor Robotics. Read more about these below.

Smart surveillance

Reliable technology that detects risks and threats



Threat detection technology designed to detect weapons in real time and make people safe. The company’s software can process footage in real time and is engineered for cities and buildings.

Energy Efficiency applications

Applications that use sensors to optimise energy usage


A provider of smart building automation systems designed to reduce and save energy. The systems are HVAC controlled that use wireless sensors and other technology to automatically adjust temperature in buildings.

Space utilisation

Solutions that enable organisations to track space utilisation trends and patterns



Solutions allowing its users to create flexible work environments for employees, manage access to the office, and optimise space utilisation.

indoor positioning

Applications that are used for indoor position tracking



Ultrasound indoor positioning technology that positions people, equipment, and smartphones accurately and reliably.

Indoor Robotics

A variety of tasks externalised to robots. E.g. cleaning, delivery, security, or customer service

Cobalt Robotics Indoor Robot


A service robotics company designed to enhance operational effectiveness, starting with physical security and facilities.

Control & Lose Control

We live in a time where the line between work and home is blurry, where our most precious possessions are increasingly in the cloud — and that’s just the beginning. As smart buildings continue to become more common, there’s one thing we can be sure of: comfort. With better heating and cooling systems, more efficient lighting, and other innovations like remote monitoring and management, we can expect these buildings to be more comfortable than ever before. The future of smart buildings looks bright!

Whether it is more control over a building or not having to control it at all, smart buildings can provide what you’re looking for. When the different components of a building are connected to Internet of Things (IoT), it is easy to control and monitor them remotely. In addition, smart buildings can use Artificial Intelligence (AI) to adjust different elements of a building. Smart buildings can for example respond to current needs, such as room temperature or electricity demand (demand response).

Our co-working office spaces in Vallila (operated by Workery+) offer a range of smart building solutions. As an example, the light and air conditioning systems are mostly automated, our video conference systems offer AI voice tracking elements, and all gates and doors in the building can be opened with a mobile app around the clock. Moreover, different meeting cabinets and seats can be reserved easily via the app.

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