Blog by Peter de Bie, CEO at IPSUM Energy
Over two decades ago the concept of energy management and carbon in buildings was largely seen as the forum for scientists, while the world of occupier wellbeing was left in the realm of human resource departments and psychologists. Today the world is a very different place where occupier wellbeing is seen as good business practice, with a growing knowledge base of the interconnected relationship between buildings that have less impact on the environment and the potential increased productivity of people who work in such environments.
Building certification programmes such as BREEAM® and LEED ® have both aligned themselves with promoting the wellbeing of occupiers in relation to the overall environmental performance of a building. Programmes such as these have managed to develop a more knowledgeable market for the wellbeing of occupiers. Market forces then largely drive the true purpose of improving the wellbeing in buildings, where increased responsibility for environmental performance and government policy is shaping how businesses value their energy and carbon performance.
At the heart of the rising value of workplace wellbeing is the increasing ability of technology to provide data that informs occupiers and supports further analysis of a buildings social and environmental performance. Technology that delivers macro scale building data is fairly common for most large occupiers, however macro data rarely impacts occupiers and often has limited success engaging people long-term. A new technology with a capability of delivering disaggregated energy on an appliance level could be a game changer in this field, as it delivers micro energy data with an ability to provide insight and awareness to both individuals, and groups across a building.
Insight and awareness of appliance level energy data at scale will allow businesses to engage employees in improving their environmental impact of their workplace and therefore engage in the overall wellbeing of their building. Vitally it provides a common dialogue for building managers and businesses to manage their energy from a workforce, department or team basis.
Historically the sharing of energy data amongst landlords and tenants is more common in single occupancy buildings, however this may change in the near future as disaggregated energy becomes more common and business become increasingly responsible for their overall carbon performance. Carbon reduction policies both at a local and international level are already having an increasing impact on both buildings and businesses. In the forthcoming decades policies, which mainly target large companies and large building occupiers, will also impact medium and small businesses.
Combined with increasing energy efficiency demand and carbon reduction requirements, businesses will increasingly demand further energy insights and data from their landlords and building managers. New technology will have in increasing role to deliver this demand where improved energy data insights on an appliance level provide the key solution for businesses to truly engage in energy performance and improve the wellbeing of a workplace.
Don’t miss your chance to hear from Peter, along with our other speakers…
Peter will join our panel of experts for upcoming “Wellbeing” breakfast event on 5th February. Peter is CEO at IPSUM Energy. IPSUM is all about changing behavior regarding energy consumption & bringing insight and meaning to electricity consumption for customers in the professional domain.
Buildings need to enable a high quality of life for those that live and work in them, with the capacity to enhance health, wellbeing and productivity for their occupants. Design features that promote daylight, visual aesthetics and ventilation are known to have a direct and positive impact on the health and productivity of those using the building. Our panel of industry experts will be defining wellbeing in the working environment, and presenting case studies from organisations that have seen the benefits of implementing a workplace strategy focussed on wellbeing and productivity.
- Peter de Bie, CEO at Ipsum Energy
- Richard Francis, Principal at The Monomoy Company
- Richard Reid, Associate - Building Performance & Systems at Arup
- Tim Oldman, Founder and CEO of Leesman