Today’s consumers increasingly expect the companies they buy from to demonstrate a commitment to protecting the environment by reducing their carbon footprint and waste.
In fact, 55 percent of global online consumers said they were willing to pay more for products and services provided by companies committed to positive social and environmental impact, according to a 2014 study by Nielsen.
Besides committing to improving the environment, incorporating energy solutions into your execution plan is a way to differentiate your brand from your competitors.
But it’s not enough to simply state a commitment to the environment in your mission statement.
Sustainability must be built into your business objectives—and into your building plans. You also need a way to measure energy usage so you can track improvements over time. That’s why iOFFICE has partnerships with two organizations focused on measuring and improving building sustainability. Here’s a look at how these partnerships help organizations achieve sustainability goals.
Most organizations have access to some information about their building’s energy usage, but it often comes from multiple, disparate sources. Aquicore combines cutting-edge software with advanced meters, submeters and building sensors, giving business leaders complete transparency over their energy usage. They can view metrics on any device and pinpoint energy inefficiencies down to individual equipment. For instance, if a large machine is suddenly using signficantly more energy than usual, it could be due to a malfunction.
And with real-time visibility into electricity, water and gas usage, you can track key performance indicators related to building sustainability over time. You can also submit data to LEED, Energy Star and other benchmarking programs to see how your building energy usage compares to others in your industry.
As more organizations make the transition to LED lighting with the goal of improving building sustainability, they are also taking advantage of another opportunity: connected lighting. The addition of sensors and controls enables LED lighting to become a fully connected network, capturing data and adding a new layer of analytics that enhance energy efficiency.
Current, powered by GE, is leading the way in intelligent energy infrastructure with an open platform that offers a holistic view of a building’s systems—including HVAC, lighting and refrigeration—so business leaders can identify inefficiencies and respond accordingly. This enables them to achieve long-term energy savings and improve building sustainability.
Boosting Building Sustainability With The Power Of An IWMS
Building sensors, connected lighting and the Internet of Things (IoT) are allowing facility managers, corporate real estate leaders and others to take building sustainability to a new level.
They have added new layers of data that can be used to empower smarter decision making and even identify energy management issues in real time. This degree of energy management was unthinkable even a few years ago.
Having access to more energy management data is only half the battle, however. Business leaders need to be able to make sense of this data and respond to it promptly, recalibrating equipment and office environments as needed.
They can only do this if they have an agile platform that offers a real-time view of their workspaces and how employees use them.
An integrated workplace management system (IWMS) delivers this, combining space management, asset management, analytics and more for a holistic perspective. The iOFFICE IWMS integrates easily with Aquicore, Current and other workplace applications to help organizations reach their building sustainability goals and work smarter. Learn more about our other integrations.