Technology trends that are dominating facilities management in 2022


As we move towards the midyear point, the upheaval of the pandemic has started to abate and our built environment is once again finding itself more occupied. For the construction and real estate industry, demand is increasing and ongoing supply chain issues must be carefully navigated.

Looking ahead, we can see the early stages of emerging trends in proptech, facilities management and construction that will pave the way to safer, purposeful, and more sustainable projects. While the past two years have forecasting difficult, the contributors and editors at Facilitiesnet have their own ideas on where things are heading – you can read the full feature here:–19496)


Top FM tech trends 

1. Increased focus on indoor air quality

One key fact that has emerged from the COVID-19 pandemic is that indoor air quality makes a big difference when it comes to fighting viruses. With a growing number of people returning to the workplaces like the office, they will be looking for measures in place to ensure the air they are breathing is clean and safe.

Research by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention ( has concluded that poor air management inside our buildings increases the risk of exposure to viruses. The CDC recommendation for facilities managers is to “consult experienced heating, ventilation, and air conditioning professionals” to ensure HVAC systems are rebalanced to increase total airflow and are operating properly.


2. Increased adoption of Healthy Building standards

Most recent studies have found that people spend an average of 90 percent of time indoors. With this in mind, the global Healthy Building standards promote physical, psychological, and social health in occupants. With employers and their workers keen to put well-being first, buildings are now being designed with optimum health and human experience in mind.

Certifications such as WELL from the International WELL Building Institute are increasingly recognised and sought out.Therefore, as prospective tenants look for measurably healthy homes and work environments, technology will be a key enabler.

FacilitiesNet suggests that in addition to making buildings attractive to tenants, the Healthy Building standards are also a way to increase the value of property portfolios, with people happy to pay a premium. In fact, a study by the Real Estate Innovation Lab at MIT found that Healthy Buildings will collect on average between 4.4 and 7.7 percent more in rent per square foot than nearby, uncertified properties. Simply put, adoption of these certified standards will therefore likely increase bottom lines.


3. Rise of the Master Systems Integrator

The integration of technologies such as IoT devices and sensors into our built environments is happening at an astonishing rate. And while these devices produce an enormous amount of useful data, sifting through and sorting it can be a challenge. As we move forward, we can expect an increased adoption for building owners to lean on advanced management software to transform this data into actionable data. This can then be used to inform building operations and give valuable insights and analytics on factors such as air quality and occupancy. Given the wide range of technologies and suppliers, integration will be key to successful operation.

In 2022, we can expect to see the rise of smart building professionals who can help facilities managers and building operators to integrate the right technology for their goals, such as the MSI experts within McKeon Group. You can read more about the role of the MSI here: 


4. Sustainability remains important

Keeping costs down and remaining sustainable is also still a priority for building owners and operators. Despite most office spaces remaining largely empty for most of 2020 and 2021, these properties did not really see any savings in energy usage and, therefore, their carbon footprint. This is because most lack intelligent systems to enter lower-usage states or “hibernate” based on occupancy. Learning from this, we can expect to see landlords integrating technologies that sense, report and minimize energy consumption and allow allocation of resources in proportion to the building’s capacity use.


5. Workplaces will become more purposeful

Lastly, FacilitiesNet believes since the future of work will likely follow a hybrid model, visiting the office will become a more purposeful affair, with workplaces becoming more meaningful.

With many workplaces experiencing the effects of the Great Resignation, ensuring the physical and mental wellbeing of employees is now a top priority. Part of this will mean ensuring workplaces provide spaces for specific uses and allow collaboration with those working remotely. For future team members, attending the office will mean an opportunity for meaningful and purposeful interactions. This, again, will mean an integration of technology on a fundamental level within these workplaces to help with occupancy challenges and maintain sustainability targets when not in use.

The team of innovators at Hereworks are leading the strategy roll out of smart building technologies that connect and inspire – you can learn more about the Hereworks mission here: 


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Indoor Air Quality a Growing Concern

Ireland’s Proposed Workplace Ventilation Bill


Over the past 18 months, with much of the world ravaged by COVID-19, governments globally have resorted to implementing prolonged lockdowns to contain the spread of the virus. With only key workers out on our roads, many cities across the globe found a significant reduction in air pollution, with formerly smog-ridden landscapes in places like China experiencing clearer air.

 In an article for The Conversation, University of York Researchers David Carslaw and Nicola Carlslaw describe how, with outdoor pollution likely to reduce over the coming decades, there now needs to be an increased focus on indoor air quality. You can read this article in full here:

Earlier this week People Before Profit launched a campaign for the Workplace Ventilation Bill, which, if passed, could force bars and schools in Irelands with poor ventilation to close. The party’s Employment Rights spokesperson, Paul Murphy, says proper ventilation standards are needed to cap the amount of CO2 allowed indoors and enable workers to request an inspection if they’re concerned about compliance. Workplaces that fail to comply with an inspector’s ‘improvement notice’ could be forced to shut. Current laws require workplaces to ensure ‘sufficient fresh air’, however, there is no clarity about what this entails. McKeon Group company specialises in Smart Buildings (and Happy Buildings!), with an expert focus on indoor air quality. With Irish construction standards resulting in increasingly insulated and airtight homes, concerns about indoor air quality are growing. 


Side-Effects of Electric Vehicle Use

The two researchers are at pains to point out that while a reduction in road traffic is good for photo opportunities comparing smog levels, other factors need to be considered regarding air pollution with far-reaching ramifications for indoor planning and facilities management.

With more and more people opting for electric vehicles and nation’s around the world setting cut-off dates for non-green vehicle production, it does appear the reign of fossil fuel is over. One of the most striking problems put forward as we move towards a greener future is that we may find an increase in respiratory problems.

 While vehicles have been one of the primary sources of air pollution over past decades, this move to electric vehicles means less nitrogen oxide is being released into the atmosphere. One of the few benefits of this pollutant is that it neutralises the toxic gas, ozone, released by industrial activity. High up in our atmosphere, this gas forms a protective seal around our planet, however, unneutralised and down in our communities and urban areas, it acts as a pollutant, causing respiratory problems like asthma.


Ozone Gas Moves Indoors

The concern is that this pernicious gas moves freely from outside to inside our buildings, through our windows, open doors, and even cracks in exterior walls, bringing the problem of outdoor pollutants well and truly indoors. Corroborating this claim is a 2020 UK government report that used computer modeling to establish a 50 percent increase in indoor ozone gas during COVID-19 related lockdowns.

 Worryingly, the University of York researchers explain that after finding its way indoors, ozone gas begins to react with chemicals related to indoor activity, such as household cleaning solutions. These newly emitted pollutants often pose significant risks to our health.


Indoor Air Pollution and Ventilation

Citing a report by the Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH), the article explains that ozone is but one of the issues affecting indoor air quality. Common-place activities such as cooking a steak on a gas hob, for example, will release nitrogen oxide and particulates into our immediate environment, as well as the volatile organic compounds emitted from scented cleaning products and candles.

 The issue is also seen as compounding, with some of these harmful compounds forming new pollutants as they react with the higher levels of indoor ozone. Also compounding the issue is the increased use of airtight seals in modern construction. While these seals afford better energy efficiency, they don’t allow harmful gases and pollutants produced by indoor activity to escape. The emphasis on adequate ventilation systems is therefore expected to increase, aside from the pandemic-induced measures.

 And with many now continuing to work from home, our indoor air quality is more important than ever. Due to an increasing trend of spending time indoors, the majority of pollution we are likely to encounter in the future will come from within our own homes and workplaces.


A Complex Problem

While ventilation allows the dilution of pollutants, it offers the chance for more ozone gas to enter our buildings, meaning any proposed solutions are unlikely to be straightforward.

With long-term exposure to air pollution leading to serious health issues such as cancer and cardiovascular diseases, the need to understand the issue becomes pressing. The drive to produce clean air outside is making the issue of clean air inside a complex problem. The researchers point out that the effects of outdoor pollutants such as nitrogen oxide are relatively well understood compared to the indoor pollutants that have, so far, gone unstudied.

For expert advice in this area, contact the team at McKeon Group


About McKeon Group

Established in 1950 and ISO certified for more than two decades, McKeon Group offers expert construction, fitout and building services. The family-run Group delivers projects, services and maintenance across a range of sectors for State, local authority, FDI and private clients. For more information, contact: