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Financing smart buildings – value in the ‘new normal’

Jo Harris, Commercial Finance UK Sales director, Siemens Financial Services in the UK, discusses some of the benefits to both to occupiers and users of increasingly ‘smart’ healthcare buildings, and the role of ‘smart financing’ in their construction and operation.

COVID-19 has caused a crisis for building owners and landlords – both in the public and private sectors. Patterns of work and public service are clearly changing as a result of the crisis and its aftermath. With this, the way in which we use public and commercial indoor spaces has been profoundly altered, shining a light on the need to optimise the hygiene, safety, and energy efficiency of buildings. We have seen a massive effort globally to rapidly and urgently adapt hospitals to cope with the pressures of the pandemic, operating safely and with flexibility.1 Making healthcare buildings smart allows this flexibility – whether from the perspective of agile changes of use, security and safety, or an enhanced ability to morph to volatile circumstances. The evidence suggests that not only have smart hospitals been seen to cope better with the pressures of a global pandemic,2,3 but that they are also a valuable long-term asset in transforming healthcare

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