Have you ever thought how much technology you have in your house? Well, you have heating and cooling, lightning and security and then you have all the devices connected to internet. These devices can be laptops, TVs, smartphones or tablets etc. So much energy and so much technology.

This machine to machine world is getting closer to us in our facilities. The smart energy savings sensors will monitor, control and optimize our living and take into account for example the outside weather conditions. And of course, they will help our lives to become more sustainable and also enhance our well-being.

This kind of green living is getting more and more  attention from investors as well. The LEED and BREEAM certifications include energy performance, smarter use of water, sustainable materials, better indoor air quality and for example location/public transport. But they do not include what kind of smart technology systems the buildings have or if the systems are so smart that they can optimize the energy consumption 24 hours a day by themselves.

LEED certifications are one the of the leading rating methods for buildings in the world. The aim of the rating is to lower operating costs and increase asset value for owners and investors. Energy efficiency is one of the main drivers. Here are some LEED elements:

  • Lower operating costs and increase asset value
  • Reduce waste sent to landfills
  • Conserve energy and water
  • Be healthier and safer for occupants
  • Reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions

Different kind of rating methods are being developed all around the world at the moment. I wonder, when we see this kind of high-tech embedded certifications for buildings?

Päivi Härkönen

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