How Building Automation Can Help Your Office’s Environmental Goals
When it comes to helping the environment, facility managers and other corporate leaders now understand that going green can make great business sense. Companies that incorporate sustainability into their culture and operations often reap financial and social benefits.
Of the many ways to boost environmentalism in the office, automating certain building processes is an easy way for companies to make lasting change. It does so by reducing energy use, creating valuable information for other companies and giving the business more time and money to spend on what really matters.
Reducing energy use
Energy use and environmental impact go hand in hand, and automation can increase the simplicity with which a facility manager can reduce consumption. Building automations create more efficient processes for heating, cooling and lighting a space, all of which can account for over 50% of a space's energy use.
Automatically adjust the use of lighting within your facility to account for peak work hours, workplace needs and the presence of natural light. This can help reduce the amount of energy consumed and maintain the longevity of lighting fixtures and bulbs.
Companies can also gain huge energy savings by adjusting heating, cooling and ventilation within the facility. Features like intelligent scheduling can automatically adjust temperatures based on room use and weather seasonality. FMs can set access controls, restricting who can change the temperatures in a facility and what ranges are available. By avoiding stark changes in heat, you help curtail energy use by the HVAC system.
Gathering useful data
Building automation systems often centralize a whole host of services like energy management, IT and security infrastructure. Facility managers can use this to their advantage to track different data points and create meaningful information that considers all functions of a facility.
This type of valuable data can be used to apply for grants or certifications as well as inform progress against your sustainability goals. It can also support business decisions like budget adjustments or proposed upgrades.
On a larger scale, your company's pursuit of environmental goals will ideally yield data that is informative and useful for other companies when making decisions. Being at the forefront of this knowledge positions your business as a thought leader, which affects how you're perceived by both the general public and related companies in your field.
Saving time and money
The ability to do more with less is a pillar of sustainable impact. Automatic building processes require less human input to keep day-to-day operations running, which means fewer risks of human error.
The combination of energy efficiency and automatic processes saves time and resources, which allows managers to focus on more critical tasks.
These newfound resources can even be reinvested into other green initiatives to further increase environmental impact.
Automation can be a powerful force for both environmental and economic sustainability. Facility managers who recognize where inefficiencies lie can use automation to quickly streamline processes and make progress toward achieving the company's environmental goals.