We believe in a future that is more accessible. Where a modern building management and intelligence system drives almost every commercial structure from a few hundred square feet on up; Where smart technologies like cloud computing, mobile apps, and wireless networks are used to drive costs down; Where building owners or facilities managers are squarely in the drivers seat with systems that are easier to install, easier to use, and easier to understand.
The Interdepartmental Neuroscience program of the Northwestern University in Chicago undertook a study titled, “Impact of Workplace Daylight Exposure on Sleep, Physical Activity and Quality of Life” which concluded that there is a strong relationship between workplace daylight exposure and workplace experience and quality of life of employees.
As people become more aware of environmental issues like climate change, energy crises and depletion of non-renewable resources, more people are opting for options that would be beneficial for the environment. According to the UNEP, globally, 40% of annual energy consumption and up to 30% of all energy-related greenhouse gas emissions are caused by commercial buildings.
Smart Buildings are the best solution for this problem and investing in a smart building also adds to the brand’s image. The largest companies and corporations in the world are starting to pay more attention to their environmental protection policies and have begun to invest in energy efficient alternatives.
But a smart building offers more than just energy efficiency. Here are three more reasons why smart buildings are the future of commercial buildings in the world.
Back in 2016, the WHO published a report which revealed that 92% of the world’s population breathes in sub-standard air. Three years later this number could only have increased as we continue to see rising pollution levels that have made people all around the world battle several health issues especially lung related problems. In fact, the study found that 6.5 million deaths worldwide could be attributed to both indoor and outdoor air pollution. Of this only half, i.e.; 3 million were attributed to outdoor pollution, meaning 3.5 million deaths were caused by indoor air pollution!
Every office knows the afternoon slump. Employee eyes glaze over as they find themselves stuck reading the same line of an email. A yawn spreads contagiously around the room. A small crowd gathers around the snack table. If your office had a nap room, you know it would be full.
Maybe it's just fatigue – but it's likely to be something more, especially in an older building. Commercial buildings are notorious for trapping CO2 and VOCs, which can cause lethargy, headaches, nausea, flu-like symptoms and reduced cognitive abilities. In a room full of people, these compounds build up throughout the day, causing the dreaded afternoon slump. Learn how you can use your commercial building to combat them!
There has been a fundamental shift in the design and operations of office buildings over the past decade; from being places that will please investors to spaces that prioritize the needs and desires of their tenants. Recognizing that a healthy, happy workforce is a crucial component of a productive, successful business, companies have been investing in ergonomic, technologically equipped, impressively designed workplaces. But, their Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) remains one of the most crucial yet often neglected parameters.
Multiple studies have conclusively tied indoor air quality to employee health, absenteeism, productivity and employee morale and retention. But what is the business value in investing in better IAQ? What does improved IAQ mean to your business’ bottom line? Can you afford to ignore ‘Indoor Air Quality’ and its impact any longer?