Buildings of yesterday and today – sustainability revolution
In the next 40 years the global demand for energy will double. Commercial buildings must adopt a new way to manage energy performance for the long term. Key to this methodology is monitoring and measuring energy use across the entire facility. This paper offers best practices on how to develop a high-ROI energy performance system that keeps both new and renovated buildings operating at peak performance.
Energy is a global challenge with various geopolitical events such as oil price increases, nuclear disasters, impacts from human activity, rising population numbers, rural exodus, increased cost of raw materials, etc, driving us to question how we use energy, how it is produced, and our energy mix.
Today, we face an energy challenge the like of which we have never seen before. Between now and 2050, the demand for energy will double as a result of population, economic, and industrial growth throughout the world. At the same time, we will need to halve our greenhouse gas emissions to avoid the dramatic consequences of climate change. We are all affected: private citizens, companies, public bodies, etc. We all need to work together to design and implement the key solutions to this challenge.
With companies and organisations in flux, the commercial building needs to be reinvented.
Companies are regularly confronted with profound changes in their external environment: technological and regulatory changes, along with fluctuations in economic and competitive conditions. At the same time they need to manage their own internal developments, changes in their organization, structures, processes, and management methods.
At the present time, the building is static in a world that is in flux. Just like the companies themselves, the buildings that house them are being transformed. The spread of communication and building management system technologies is an illustration of this. But this is not enough. Although companies expect their employees to be ever more reactive and more mobile for even better performance, the modern building has remained relatively static in a world that is in flux.
Imagine an innovative new type of management that adapts the building to its organisational needs by objective and by project with increasing interaction for a more collaborative style of working. To guarantee that teams will perform well, it also needs to take into account individual expectations and offer people a comfortable, healthy, and safe workspace. Finally, this next generation building can only be designed with awareness of the need to optimize the costs of design, operation, and maintenance.
The energy value chain is undergoing a complete revolution. To find out how to optimise your building’s energy performance, download the report on best practices for high-ROI energy performance systems for buildings.