Sustainability of smart technology in the built environment

Research conducted by the UK Green Building Council states that the built environment is responsible for 40% of the UK’s total carbon footprint. Approximately half of this comes from the energy used in the building, particularly heat. New builds are more energy-efficient as the latest technology is implemented at conception. The issue lies within existing buildings that contribute to 80% of the UK’s infrastructure. It’s important to lower the carbon footprint of these buildings to create a sustainable future of infrastructure. Sustainability can seem overwhelming for some businesses. Old technology, structures and limited budgets cause challenges in transitioning towards informed choices.

Smart technology

Smart technology goes beyond sending and receiving information. It can analyse, report and predict future performance. This technology gives greater control of your systems and resources to manage your energy consumption. Every building contains some form of smart technology. A key distinguishing factor between smart and regular technology is the capacity to integrate. Integration ensures your technology, people and processes work in synergy. This way, you can gain insights into the real-time performance of your building. With today’s technology, it’s possible to take your building to the next level. Smart systems can shape your future strategy through data and performance insights.


Having full control of your building through smart technology can reduce your energy consumption. For example, implementing a Building Management System (BMS) ensures your energy renewal, metering and monitoring is constant. By reporting on your workforce and workplace, you can consider the amount of energy used and lost every day. You can then adjust lighting, heating, air conditioning and ventilation according to your usage. When your building is unoccupied, your systems can shut down to save money and energy.

Workplace wellbeing

Smart technology can improve employee wellbeing by creating an efficient and productive environment. Using performance insights, you can control the light, heat, noise, water and resources in your office. This will make your team feel comfortable throughout the day depending on their needs. Improved workplace wellbeing will help to increase employee retention and satisfaction.

Smart, wearable devices provide data on your employee’s habits and energy consumption. Tracking movement provides an understanding of areas in the office that are used the most. You can also detect areas that aren’t occupied as often and systems that cause issues. Knowing which areas consume the most money and energy allows you to take control and make changes.

Future of smart technology

Smart technology is constantly improving meaning the opportunities for businesses are increasing too. Some buildings have already become self-sufficient by generating their own power supply. For example, using solar power, drain water, photosynthetic lighting or smart flooring. They are able to create more power than they consume, feeding excess energy back into the grid.

While the future of smart technology seems endless, it’s important to improve our current built environment. Through smart technology solutions, you can reduce your energy consumption, improve workplace wellbeing and optimise space management.

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