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How can Smart Buildings contribute to sustainability

Updated: May 17, 2023

Sustainable buildings

A Smart Building (often referred to as ‘buildings of the future’) can be defined as a building that uses sophisticated automated processes to manage and control its operations e.g. Security, lighting, WiFi, heat, and various other systems.

According to the ‘’ Buildings are responsible for 40% of global energy consumption and 33% of greenhouse gas emissions, so implementing technology to make these buildings smart and sustainable is crucial and is the foundation for an energy-efficient future.

IoT (Internet of Things) are one of the key drivers of digital transformation as organisations/building managers can collect and analyse data to uncover insights and modernise operations.

A major example of how IoT technologies have facilitated sustainability within buildings is how it has opened up new approaches to optimise energy usage. Smart plugs, voice-activated AC controllers, smart thermostats, and other IoT-enabled devices aid the reduction energy consumption, IoT monitoring sensors can also automatically detect room occupancy and adjust lighting, cooling, and heating systems to preserve energy within the building.

Sustainable data centres

As technology is transforming and the use of paper resources is declining, the demand for data is on the rise, increasing the need for data centres and servers especially for skyscrapers and smart buildings.

Data centres are seen to be one of the largest energy consumers but as the economy relies on these centres they must priorities sustainability, they are able to measure their energy consumption to ensure that energy is being consumed efficiently using Power Use Effectiveness (PUE) targets. By making sure that you are using sustainable data centres can really help to contribute to sustainability goals.

Lighting & Sustainable material use

The use of technology and materials within your business/building may seem miniscule in the grand scheme of things, but every small sustainable switch you make really does contribute to creating a sustainable environment.

There are multiple steps you can do to be more sustainable with your energy and material consumption, for example:

· Recycling old IT equipment, paper and plastic – WEEE Disposal

· Setting your computers to sleep mode

· Invest in smart technologies such as IoT to analyse and change your energy usage

ESG in business & supply chain

ESG is a term that stands for ‘environmental, social and governance’ and is used to measure a report how organisations/buildings perform on factors such as sustainability goals and ethical impact.

As a company, Total IT priorities specific goals within ‘ESG’ for example decent work and economic growth, good health and wellbeing as well as climate action and more. These are factors we heavily focus on as a company and we hope to make an impact by also encouraging partnerships that have the consider the same values.

We recommend buildings and organisations not only use ESG to analyse their environmental impacts but to work with partners and suppliers who align with ESG considerations.

At Total IT we prioritise our sustainability objectives and want to make adjustments to better the environment as much as possible. We offer a WEEE disposal system for you to recycle your old IT equipment and also encourage & advise our clients on the best technology to tailor to your goals including sustainability aims.

To find out how we can help you reach your goals with the power of technology, speak to a member of our specialist team today.

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