Two of the best investments building owners and corporate tenants can make to improve employee well-being and energy efficiency are automated shading systems and modern LED lighting with advanced wireless controls, says Controlling Comfort and Energy in Offices, a new publication by the New Buildings Institute.
- High-quality automated shading.Window treatments, which help counteract direct sunlight, glare, heat, and lack of privacy, are very common in office buildings. They come in many different forms, ranging from traditional manual blinds with strings to automated fabric shades. Today’s automated fabric shades can be pre-programmed to raise and lower according to sunlight patterns. Employees appreciate the benefits without having to spend the time getting shades just right.
- Modern LED lighting with advanced controls. Innovative office building lighting systems, dominated by LED lighting, can be automated down to the individual fixture. Equipped with advanced wireless controls, individual fixtures will dim or shut off automatically based on conditions around each fixture. Employees, who have become accustomed to adjusting their own lighting while working remotely, can override the system and adjust their assigned fixture to suit their own preferences.
With integrated shading, lighting, and HVAC commissioning, building owners can expect to save 20% or more total building energy reduction. The savings from utility bills can be spent on other corporate well-being efforts. Building owners and managers who commit to making their interior spaces more attractive will be better positioned to maintain and attract new tenant leases in the years ahead. For those already returning to work, these systems can be replaced with very little tenant interruption.
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