The environment is a hot topic right now. With ever-growing concern about its future, businesses and consumers alike are striving to find more and more ways to make reduce their carbon footprints and ensure they’re doing what they can to be more environmentally-friendly.
Research suggests that commercial buildings are responsible for a large portion of global energy consumption; as much as 40%. Not only this, but 38% of all carbon dioxide emissions come from commercial buildings, as well as a massive 70% of overall electricity consumption. Luckily there’s far more that can be done to reduce these pollutants, and ensure your buildings are environmentally future-proof. Most of these changes need to be made during the construction process at an infrastructure level.
We’ve talked at length about how technology is more and more shaping the norms of what we expect from construction, from smart offices to homes to cities. Take a look at our previous articles on what the concept of ‘Living’ means for the construction industry, and on smart offices.
In the home, smart meters can be installed so that the occupant can see how much energy they’re using, making it far easier to control. This not only saves them money but also ensures they’re not using more than they need.
As well as this, though there are many on the market, some believe that connected home assistants should automatically be installed into homes. These devices allow the tenant to control all aspects of their home from one hub, so anything from their lights to their oven can be voice-activated or placed on timers so they switch off by themselves. All of this means that your home only uses energy when you need it, and not a drop is wasted.
Another major contribution to unsustainable environmental change is road travel, which is something that has been greatly helped by flexible working. The more employees who are able to work from home, the fewer cars on the roads, meaning flexible working doesn’t just benefit employee wellbeing and production levels as studies have shown; it’s also beneficial for the environment.
The rise in numbers of people who are moving the workforce to the home doesn’t just mean there are fewer commuters on the roads. It also means homes will need to be equipped with incredibly secure network infrastructure so that they can be as secure as offices. Moreover, it’s more vital than ever that internet speeds are fast and reliable all the time, as flexible working means that workers can go outside the confines of those traditional 9-5, Monday to Friday working hours.
More awareness of our impact on the environment is also encouraging people to commute to work through public transport. Many are using the extra time that public transport allows to get in a little more work or research, so public Wi-Fi services need to be as strong as possible, no matter what form of transportation you’re on, or where you are in the country. Nexsis Comms can install high-density public and private wireless infrastructures, ensuring that people can connect to the internet no matter where they are with fast and reliable coverage.
Over the past 50 years, many changes have been made to the way we create buildings to help save energy and make them more environmentally-friendly. Adding insulation to buildings, or installing State of the art insulating glass in windows and doors is now the standard, and the popularity of rainwater harvesting and solar panel roofs is forever on the rise. Though most of these things are added to buildings as standard, construction companies often use the same old cookie-cutter designs for their network infrastructure.
Keeping a more environmentally-friendly smart building running requires robust infrastructure with zero downtime. Many construction companies often don’t factor these things into their new builds. A significant reason for this is that bespoke network infrastructure might be needed. Traditionally there aren’t many network infrastructure installation companies who could design bespoke infrastructure depending upon the project, but it just so happens that Nexsis Comms can.
The solution is to find a network infrastructure specialist that can design and install secure future-proof infrastructure that serves all the needs of an ever-technologically advancing society. For more information on how Nexsis Comms can do this and more, talk to us or take a look at our building management solutions.