Intel's new smart building is LEED certified and will become more efficient as time passes. Intel's new smart building is LEED certified and will become more efficient as time passes. Intel's new smart building is LEED certified and will become more efficient as time passes. (Photo: Intel)

The 'world's smartest building' breaks ground

Intel's new offices will tell employees where to park, when to eat and even schedule a haircut.

Buildings, of course, don't have brains. But that doesn't mean they can't be smart, and the smartest of them all just broke ground in a suburb of Tel Aviv, Israel.

Intel is the company building it, and it will be based on its Internet of Things technology, which was developed in Israel. The 366,000-square-foot building will house all 2,500 of the company's employees in the country. It is expected to be completed in 2019.

Deemed a "micromanaging monster," it will have the capability of learning the habits of every employee and customizing his or her working environment. Among other things, the building will know what coffee to make for each employee, and how to make it, when to send him or her to get a haircut, and it can recommend where to park.

Now, if this all sounds way too invasive, each employee can opt to withhold information so as to regulate what the building is able to program about them.

It will also contain 3,500-square meters of electronic labs, three restaurants, a café, a gym, a spa, a beauty salon and a learning and convention center.

Other noteworthy services will include setting air conditioning temperatures in meetings based on the combined preferences of each attendee, and determining when the best hour for each employee to eat is, whether or not their favorite dish is being served and if their friends are available to join.

Furthermore, the building has a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) platinum level certification. A "learning building," it will be capable of operating more efficiently as time passes.

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