Smart buildings will increase engagement and save you money
Smart buildings stand out from more primitive structures in their use of technology to automatically adjust temperature, lighting, ventilation, and other interior attributes which ultimately makes for a better workspace that has proven to increase productivity and engagement for the individuals that use them.
Moreover, their REAL value rests on automation and intuitiveness as systems collect and respond to data and provide continuous monitoring without manual direction from building owners. As their name suggests, smart buildings intelligently and sustainably operate in a way that benefits both the environment and their users.
Worth the extra investment?
The question is: Is it worth the extra investment? Well ... UCLA conducted a study indicating that the inhabitants within smart buildings are 16% more productive than their counterparts working in traditional companies that do not prioritize environmental friendliness.
That number is pretty insane if you think about -- a 16% increase in productivity.
Even further: Data from the World Green Building Council also illuminates (no pun intended) the smart buildings' potential to enhance productivity and engagement by a similar percentage: LEED-certified smart buildings create a comfortable environment that facilitates workers' engagement, especially within financial institutions.
Smart buildings save schools and businesses money
From a budgeting perspective, the boost in productivity is also encouraging as evidence suggests that businesses, governments, and educational institutions should invest more in green technologies in the workplace as they reduce annual utilities costs per employee/student and correlate with higher retention, thanks to comfortable working conditions.
Additionally, Dodge Data and Analytics suggests that smart buildings, either newly built or the results of renovations, save operators and boards operational costs by up to 14 percent while increasing the buildings' asset value by 7 percent.
Several good reasons to invest in smart buildings
There you have it, several reasons to invest in a greener workplace:
- Increase in productivity;
- Increase employee, teacher, and student engagement;
- Save on operation costs;
- Increase the overall building value;
- AND FINALLY: corporate social responsibility -- it's the right thing to do.