Office buildings in the U.S. still have a lot to improve on when it comes to building automation and energy management. According to a survey conducted by IBM, only 33% of office workers in the U.S. reported their office buildings “high” in terms of environmental responsibility. 65% of office workers said they wanted to see their workplaces become more environmentally friendly. The IBM Smarter Buildings study surveyed over 6,000 office workers in 16 U.S. cities on issues like building automation, security, lighting control and conservation.
The study indicated that U.S. office buildings need more building automation solutions, which will not only save money but increase workplace productivity and comfort. Examples of automation systems that save energy are sensors that adjust lights and temperature according to when people enter the room. The IBM survey found Los Angeles received the highest percentage of respondents who said their “office buildings automatically sense when people are in a room and adjust lights and temperature accordingly (40 percent), and use renewable energy sources (22 percent) and products that promote improved air quality such as low VOC paint, sustainable carpet and bio-based cleaning fluids (35 percent).” Other U.S. cities had more to improve on when it came to energy management.
Building automation in offices is crucial since buildings account for almost 40 percent of U.S. energy consumption. Advanced Control Corporation is the leading provider of building automation systems, helping companies apply cost-effective energy management systems since 1987. The innovative building systems can help offices of all sizes to save energy and money, and provide a more comfortable, productive work environment.