How to make office space smart

Have you ever driven through a town or city in the evening and wondered why there‘s still light turned on in all these office buildings? I bet you have! And it is a good question indeed. I mean you wouldn‘t have lights burning in your own home the entire evening or even night when you don‘t need it. So why are we doing this with our office buildings? But it‘s not just that: we also blast out much energy over the weekends because all these offices have the air con running nonstop – without anybody being in these rooms. Just imagine how much unnecessary energy consumption this is! So, when you think about it it’s actually not surprising that 40 % of the global CO2 is emitted by buildings. This is not only bad for our climate but also bad for our wallets – because we literally throw money out of the window with these habits.

Empty offices but 100 per cent costs

Most of the issues might seem obvious to many of you but when we break this down we can already find them on a smaller scale: Over the last years you might have found yourself in almost empty office buildings – thanks to COVID-19 – with many empty desks. And even now with employees coming back into the offices, due to remote working not every single employee needs an own desk every day anymore. So, what is the result? Companies pay for office space they actually no longer need which is a waste of space, energy and money. But this goes even further.

Bad air quality tires as much as two glasses of wine

If several employees spend about an hour in a meeting room with insufficient ventilation, this has the same effect on their mind and bodies as if they had each drunk two glasses of wine. Can you imagine the effect on one’s body and mind doing this for 8 hours per day? New literature on this subject is being published, but we are only scratching the surface of knowing how bad this actually is for an individual. Now imagine having to stay productive and motivated feeling like this – no way. We need better air quality in our offices to be able to work productively.

You can see, it’s high time to revolutionize the use of office buildings. The changing working environment is demanding flexible desk sharing and room booking applications to save money and resources immediately and make the employees happy. The best of it – it’s quite easy thanks to innovative IoT solutions such as EnOcean Spaces to make office space smart.

Do you want to find out how a smart office space might work for your company? EnOcean is here for you and would love to explain how we can help you save lots of money for your bottom-line, while doing what is right for our globe plus keeping our employees healthy and productive. Yes, this sounds to good to be true, but we cracked the nutt and are passionate to share our knowledge with every office who is ready to make a difference.  

About The Author

The urge to craft and be part of a purpose-driven business, that aids in shaping a more sustainable future, is a deeply rooted motivational driver for me. EnOcean represents for me an IoT powerhouse with a wide array of IoT technology solutions, mostly powered by energy harvesting sources, eliminating the need for batteries. The significance and magnitude of the problemes that EnOcean addresses, such as, offices’ carbon emissions, the inefficient use of building spaces and poor indoor climate for employees, are just a few examples of the use cases that EnOcean products improve.

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