The climate crisis has never been more pressing, and the UK’s proposed carbon neutrality strategy aims to end the country’s contribution to climate change by 2050. As part of this NetZero journey, businesses may need to make operational changes to lower their own carbon emissions, leading to a growing demand for smart, environmentally friendly office spaces.
Whether building from scratch or retrofitting existing workspaces with eco-friendly finishes, designing sustainable offices is about much more than incorporating carbon-neutral materials into the construction. To create a building that offers a genuinely environmentally efficient workspace that is safe for occupiers, it is crucial that the design is layered with technology.
By integrating Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, such as the goldeni platform, into office buildings, it is possible to identify operational performance leaks and implement systems that will eliminate energy wastage. This cutting-edge solution is key to developing brilliant office designs that offer working environments that are both energy efficient and consider the wellbeing of the occupants.
The goldeni platform provides detailed insights into the internal conditions of a building and monitors the energy consumption of each of its assets. From the lighting system and HVAC to factory machines and canteen equipment, goldeni offers data in real-time that builds a clear picture of the business’ energy usage and its impact on the environment. With these granular insights, it’s possible to identify activities and operations that can be altered to reduce the business’ overall consumption. This may involve behavioural changes, such as employees checking lights are switched off or making amends to maintenance strategies to ensure that crucial energy-consuming assets are working at their optimum, thus reducing their consumption and resultant carbon emissions.
Another critical area in which IoT technology is invaluable to sustainably designed offices is detecting water leaks. Discreet sensors placed around the building can provide immediate alerts if they detect water which, if left unnoticed, could cause catastrophic damage to the building fabric and result in construction repairs which are costly to both the business and the environment. This intelligent solution can also prevent the build-up of damp and mould, which is hazardous to employees’ health.
Further sensors can also be used to provide insights into the workplace’s internal air quality (IAQ). These sensors detect everything from the CO2 levels and temperature to the humidity and volatile organic compounds (VOC) levels to ensure that the internal air is of optimum quality.
From maintaining a comfortable temperature to increasing ventilation when required to limit the potential for airborne viral transmission, the goldeni platform offers a data-driven solution to creating a safe and pleasant working environment that promotes employee wellbeing.
While the creation of an environmentally friendly office may begin with carbon-neutral construction and sustainable design features such as biophilic elements, IoT technology must be incorporated.
By aligning sustainable design principles with IoT technology, it is possible to create aesthetically pleasing, energy-efficient workplaces and prioritise the well-being of the building’s occupants. In addition, the platform offers an enhanced level of convenience for building users and managers through the smart automation of the building’s systems.
These improvements to the day-to-day operations can, in turn, improve the overall longevity of the premises and its assets, resulting in a greener, more sustainable way of running a business.
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