Proptech companies are increasingly positioning themselves in a way that will enable them to help building owners meet their ESG commitments. That’s the context behind the decision by Spaceflow and Flowbox to launch a partnership named after the one syllable their two names share: FLOW. It’s a strategic step for Spaceflow, a Prague-based company that provides building owners with a tenant experience operating system. CEO Lukáš Balik said the new product would allow landlords and building owners to get the most out of smart building technology so they can control the sustainable future of their properties and tenants. Whereas Spaceflow focuses on tenant experience, Flowbox’s specialty is providing in-building technology management capability.

In the first phase of FLOW’s rollout, companies can monitor energy consumption, occupancy, air quality, temperature, CO2 levels and humidity. By the end of the year, owners will be able to control their buildings and configure them as needed and even give different user groups the ability to control lighting, HVAC and blinds.

In its final iteration, FLOW will make automating such activities possible. “Tenants, as well as space administrators, will be able to configure automatic scenarios via the Spaceflow app and admin dashboard, respectively,” continued Balik. “Once configured, rooms will become automatic and intelligent units, adjusting according to the user’s pre-set parameters, time of the day, weather and other conditions. Buildings will become more responsive to internal and external inputs while being responsible and sensible towards the environment.”

Flowbox’s CEO Tomas Rendla said FLOW is the sort of system tenants are going to need in order to comply with new EU legislation that comes into effect in 2025. “The legislation will require most non-residential buildings to be able to continuously control, log & analyze their energy usage, monitor and control at least 80 % of HVAC operations, benchmark energy performance and seek improvements among other aspects,” said Rendla.

There are also more day-to-day issues that clients should be tracking if they want to understand how they actually use their office space. “You have so many companies that have meeting rooms for six people, but where more than 2-3 people rarely meet,” says Petr Boruta of Spaceflow. “Without that data you have no idea what your space needs are. Maybe your company needs more phone booths. All of these data points are needed. “Data is the new oil for landlords.”

We’ll know the era of proptech has arrived when as visitors we stop the tedious ritual of signing into office buildings (and scanning the list for familiar names). Ondřej Vodnanský says the only thing preventing landlords from creating a touchless, digital journey from groundfloor lobby to meeting room is the hardware. “With our system, visitors get a QR code before they arrive, so the receptionist just scans the code to find out where the guest is going and room will have been booked for the meeting by the host.” The software for all this is ready to go, says Vodnanský. All that’s needed is for building owners to buy the equipment.

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