Smart Office Part 1
If you compare todays modern office, to that of one of 20 or even 40 years ago, then our use of energy efficient resources in our windows, roofs, walls and flooring already boosts a significant leap forward in energy and monetary savings. But alas on the flip side, such advances in technology, mean that we now have more gadgets and gizmos that require energy to run/operate.
Even the simplicities of the paper towel has commonly been replaced by electrically powered hand-dryers!
Modern Offices Tech Demands
What is more, technology advancement and social changes in our working practices, show that our daily use of technology it’s advancing – not slowing, putting even more demand on our office and work environments. We are no longer powering an office from 9-5, but 24/7 and for much of this time, the offices only partially occupied.
Thus are need to be plugged-in to everything, from anywhere at any time, means that our offices are needing to jump forward in yet another evolutionary smart efficient way.
Exteriors of buildings are now seeing solar panel farms being installed for harvesting more power than the offices generally require, thus giving back to the community of energy resources. Rainwater is being captured to flush toilets. Smart paint that repels mould and mildew from growing, is already in use on many buildings, saving owners from re-painting or cleaning maintained, thus savings costs.
Desks are being fitted with many multiple sensors so that mini-eco climates or personal clouds are being generated to regulate artificial lighting, blinds, humidity, natural light, heating and air conditioning, ensuring that the optimum working environment is maintained for each employee personally. This is aiding their productivity levels, but saves the employer money on heating/lighting empty or partially empty desks. This sensor monitoring does not just stop there, it also allows smart-desk management to take place, for easier hot-desking needs, saving expenses on bigger offices being used with larger furniture costs being needed.
Cost is the driving factor
The biggest driver in all these advancements is cost.
On average commercial properties demand around 40% of the worlds electricity consumption. An expense that impacts on both the environment and the business owner’s pockets.
Reducing cost, long-term can increase profits and may be the make or break in their survival during bleak times.
In fact, estimates generated by smarter buildings and offices have put savings at around 20 to 50% depending on the building and energy efficient choices the building and business owner make.
If you are thinking of an office relocation, refurbishment and are interested in learning what measures you can take to make your office work smarter, not harder, thus improving performance and reducing costs, then why not contact us, to find out how our planning and building services can aid your business development.