Cisco Smart Buildings

Your step-by-step guide for real estate transformation

Putting a sustainability plan together

As companies move to more sustainable operations, redefining the value of real estate to ensure your outcomes has never been more important. Cisco smart buildings technology lets you create an intelligent workplace with sustainable and substantial energy savings.

74%

74% of CEOs are accelerating their digitization plans.

Source: Fortune/Deloitte CEO survey, 2021.

89%

89% of companies have sustainability as a strategic initiative.

Source: JLL, 2021.

20%

20% of companies actually have a strategic plan for sustainability.

Source: JLL, 2021.

Before you start: Incorporate sustainability into your real estate strategy

The digitization of real estate will redefine its value and outcomes for both the organization and its employees. 

Conventional building

  • Fixed assets, single-purpose architectures
  • Dedicated individual and collaborative areas
  • Managing energy costs

Smart building

  • Buildings as net zero
  • Agile real estate
  • Hybrid work spaces

60%

60% of real estate is underutilized.

Source: JLL, 2018.

98%

98% of CRE’s view technology as critical to safety and workplace performance.

Source: JLL, 2020.

Step 1: Define net zero

Identify key infrastructure contributors to realize sustainability goals.

Conventional building

  • AC-powered, siloed building systems
  • Manually monitoring lighting and changing lightbulbs
  • Generic HVAC approach

Smart building

  • DC microgrids
  • Power over Ethernet (PoE) LEDs
  • Tailored HVAC and usage

70%

70% of city energy use is buildings.

Source: Connected Cities Privacy Summit, 2019.

24 MT CO2

Up to 24 tons of CO2 can be removed via global supply chain materials and energy in year one.

Source: Cisco, 2021.

Step 2: Simplify design and construction

Converge infrastructure to cut redundancies.

Conventional building

  • Multiple infrastructures and drawing packages
  • Siloed, complex network installations
  • Inefficient line voltage AC-to-DC light voltage conversions

Smart building

  • Converge data and power through PoE
  • Simplify commissioning and security all with a single step
  • Achieve LEED and WELL certification

20%

Voltage architecture vs. a DC microgrid.

Source: Pacific Northwest, 2020.

10 MT CO2

Up to 10 tons of CO2 can be removed annually through 25K kWh reduction in energy.

Source: Cisco, 2021.

Step 3: Deploy networking and technology

Build a scalable, agile infrastructure.

Conventional building

  • Multiple trades
  • Disconnected IoT endpoints and data silos
  • Cybersecurity as a secondary consideration

Smart building

  • Converged network
  • Validated endpoint with common data model
  • End-to-end cybersecurity

12

More than 12 siloed systems and proprietary protocols are in conventional construction.

Source: Cisco, 2021.

3M+

More than 3 million IoT endpoints are profiled by Cisco’s endpoint analytics.

Source: Cisco, 2021.

Step 4: Manage and optimize

Digitization provides a new level of managing and optimizing your sustainability.

Conventional building

  • Manual reporting of energy usage
  • Manual control of energy usage
  • Low employee retention

Smart building

  • Artificial intelligence (AI) to automate and report and suggest
  • Sensors and AI anticipating and adjusting
  • Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) as a way of attracting and retaining talent

30%

30% of commercial building waste is due to the energy it consumes.

Source: Connected Cities Privacy Summit, 2019.

#1

Environmental, social, and governance is the most important issue for Gen Z.

Source: JLL, 2021.

Achieve your net-zero goals with access to real-time data

The foundation of your real estate strategy is a sustainable, smart building.

89%

89% of companies have sustainability as a strategic initiative.

Source: JLL, 2021.

40%

40% of companies have sustainability targets.

Source: JLL, 2021.

20%

20% of companies actually have a strategic initiate plan.

Source: JLL, 2021.