The use of motion sensors and smart tech devices in offices will be a continued trend, with JLL’s survey claiming that 45% of occupiers plan to adopt energy and emissions management technology over the next 12 months. This tech is pivotal in helping businesses optimise heating, cooling and electricity to deliver significant cost savings and sustainability gains.
Passive technology can also have a massive impact on indoor environmental quality, or IEQ. Through early-stage design and architectural interventions, rather than later-stage engineering interventions, workplace interiors can be made more sustainable and amenable for their occupants. For example, building size, height and orientation, and exposure to sunlight and prevailing winds, can help to enhance internal light levels, ventilation and thermal comfort. Crucially, passive strategies also reduce the maintenance, cost and energy involved in major heating, cooling and lighting systems.