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COVID 19 - Research, Reinvent, Recreate, Reboot - Repeat if Necessary

Your Reboot needs to include "Antifragility" the acknowledgment that returning to baseline is not good enough in a world full of disorder and constant change.

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COVID 19 - As we recover and return from all being sent home "our global reboot" we need to research and analyze the virus events that changed the world and caused our need for social isolation while grasping the realization that we are all globally connected.

As the world recovers and returns "Reboots" we need to watch those that have flattened their curve and are rebooting first, to learn what works and what will cause the next crash. There will be crashes of our new global operating systems, we need to fail fast and identify those failures. Recover quickly while Reinventing ourselves, Recreating our new Reboot strategies then Reboot - and then keep Repeating this process till we get it correct or at least correct or acceptable for that moment in time.

Your Reboot needs to include "Antifragility" the acknowledgment that returning to baseline is not good enough in a world full of disorder and constant change.

Some have challenged my choice of the word reboot in the computer sense as it alway takes us back to the same place but I was thinking of it in the literal definition "When the holder of the intellectual property discards all existing continuity and starts from scratch it is known as rebooting."


To make sense of this chapter you need to do a quick review of the last two chapters.

Global Reboot - Adopting Adaption   So, what will that global reboot look like?

Adopting Adaptation - Achieving Antifragility   The ongoing global pandemic has shown us all how fast we can adapt for survival.

"We have the luxury of being able to be online while we are crafting our reboot plus the global reboot is coming up slowly with different approaches and more restarts and crashes for us all to watch. This is of great value in learning how we can benefit from the lessons presented." Ken Sinclair, Automated Buildings

Listen in as Automated Buildings, Ken Sinclair invites us to join the Global Reboot:  “In the new norm which will never be normal, everything is a variable. Our constants that we normally set our hinges on, are few and far between. Our only constant is continuous adaption to rapid change. But for those that can create rapid adaptions and antifragility, a new world.”

A live weekly open Zoom conversation with industry friends and colleagues to help us get through the pandemic and prepare for a new normal for commercial buildings post-COVID.

COVID-19 Conversations and Implications  Marc Petock Chief Marketing & Communications Officer, Lynxspring, Inc. Contributing Editor

These are strange times for all industries and the built environment is no exception.

COVID-19 has created unprecedented changes. For building owners, integrators, contractors and solution providers, this virus has created new implications not only on the business side, but the operational and environmental side as well.

As, we navigate and consider how to best prepare our facilities for a Ready State to Return, the important question is: What are the changes that will both be needful and/or mandated? How do we begin to answer and have action plans in place to address these changes? While there is no simple/single answer, we must lay the groundwork to deal with what will be permanent changes or the new normal in we how manage and operate buildings.

So, what are the critical conversations we should be having?

Here are several that I have considered. While I am sure there are additional ones that should be included, (I don’t profess to have them all), this list was born from conversations I have had with a variety of people including: owners, operators, integrators, analysts, technology and solution providers, colleagues and attorneys.


The Coronavirus Is Rewriting Our Imaginations - What felt impossible has become thinkable. The spring of 2020 is suggestive of how much, and how quickly, we can change as a civilization. By Kim Stanley Robinson May 1, 2020

7 Predictions for a Post-Coronavirus World - Remote work, automation, and telemedicine could soon become the new normal - Emma Rose Bienvenu Apr 13

Why Smart Healthy Buildings Will Become the “New Normal”  - By Harry Smeenk April 16, 2020

It will be imperative that employees, tenants and building occupants feel safe and comfortable going back toa healthy and clean office “environment.”

Apps to Track the New Coronavirus Have an Old Problem: Getting the Downloads   - David Uberti April 28, 2020 7:15 pm ET

At least 60% of a population would have to opt in for contact-tracing apps to work well, some experts say

Bluetooth can provide privacy features that might entice more people to opt in because the technology measures a user’s proximity to infected people, Ms. Wanger said. GPS data, on the other hand, shows physical locations with a centralized server and can more easily point back to individual users.

Commercial Buildings are at the Center of our “Return to New Normal” Strategy   Memoori Published: May 5th, 2020

China is starting to return to some kind of normality. In Italy, Spain, and a host of other countries that were hit early or lightly, they have introduced their de-escalation plans and have begun to ease lockdown measures. It will still take a while, but we can now begin to consider when we might return to the office, and how. For building owners and managers, that will mean switching from the remote lockdown mode they are only just getting to grips with, to the unprecedented post-lockdown reintroduction of occupants with virus-control measures.

PRESSURE!!!!!  Controlling and reporting temperature, humidity and airflow have never been more important for a building to operate safely. - Scott Cochrane, President, CEO,Cochrane Supply & Engineering

This is the challenge we have been waiting for… A NEW CAUSE FOR BAS!!!!  Controlling and reporting temperature, humidity and airflow have never been more important for a building to operate safely.  Making sure a BAS system is working properly can be directly correlated to making the building a safer place. The ability to modify control strategies to reduce the risk to occupants, as well as the system itself, has the ability to report back KPI’s for indoor air quality and other measures that point out the actual conditions to the occupants.  This information will hopefully make them feel a little safer to enter that building knowing it’s under control.  A NEW INDUSTRY may have just been born?

Recovery Readiness: A How-to Guide for Reopening your Workplace

As areas stabilize from the COVID-19 pandemic and stay-at-home restrictions are lifted, organizations will begin to bring workers back into the physical workplace. It’s already begun in some parts of the world. In fact, as of April 2020, we have helped move our own employees, and those of our clients, back into more than 800 million square feet of properties globally.

The “Recovery Readiness: A How-to Guide for Reopening your Workplace,” outlines some of the best thinking and practices that our more than 53,000 professionals have compiled across the globe and also includes insights from key partners. The recommended practices and protocols already have been implemented at locations across the globe with tremendous success.

JLL A framework for working in the next normal

For a moment in time, the world has hit pause. Things screeched to a halt as we collectively assessed the true impact of a global pandemic, all while adjusting in an instant to a new way of life. But human perseverance, sacrifice and selflessness have us moving forward to prepare for (re)entry. This journey will be bumpy and nonlinear.

Continual adaptation and response to new information and changes will be critical for success. To ensure we are ready to navigate what’s next, it’s vital that we (re)activate our spaces to balance health, safety and financial implications. And that we continue to (re)spect each other’s well-being. Preparedness, agility, and resilience will be key.

As employees and tenants begin to return to the workplace, it is extremely important that when we open the doors, we are inviting everyone into a safe environment. Together we can (re)vitalize businesses as we take a step forward intoa new and different world

REOPENING  The World’s Workplaces - CBRE

The implications of COVID-19 have been profound, and the path to business recovery is evolving and fluid. This briefing is for occupiers of space and landlords who manage their buildings—wherever they are in the response-to-recovery process. We are sharing our expertise and advice based on a rapidly growing body of experience, detailed guidance documents, technical specifications, protocols and tools that we have developed for and with our clients and for our own CBRE workplace.

Great resources on our COVID 19 Reboot   To help speed the research we have created these resources

This LinkedIn post has 32,000 reads to date

"The people that operate buildings will have more impact on your health than your doctor" - Karen Quintana

"Data is the anchor in a wave of unknowns" - Marc Petock

"Tenants have a right in knowing what the building is saying" - Steve Fey

Insightful comments from Real Estate industry experts in today's #Mondaylive hosted and moderated by the great Anto Budiardjo

Ken Sinclair states that buildings need to be able to pass the test of time. To be able to be flexible enough to adapt to whatever is needed from them, from anyone.

And the only way forward is to democratize data sense-making and putting no-code/low code platforms in front of domain experts and let them solve the problem they know all about. Together.

- It's time to solve ALL of the challenges buildings have.
- Today.

But those that can create rapid adaption with antifragility will win

Research, Reinvent, Recreate, Reboot - Repeat if Necessary


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