Why discomfort matters.
In a typical business, employee salaries and benefits account for about 90% of operating costs—which is why maximizing employee productivity should be a key strategic focus for any organization. But a growing body of research shows that the indoor environment, and whether people are comfortable at work, influences productivity.
Temperature – too hot, too cold, or not consistent
Indoor air quality – humidity and high CO2 levels
Lighting – quality and distribution of artificial light, glare, and lack of natural lighting
Often, the effects these sources have on the workforce are underestimated, and can lead to poor concentration, sickness, and absences… which combine to reduce overall employee productivity.
Total Room Automation from Siemens
We know that when people are exposed to natural daylight, their sleep-wake cycles improve, leading to greater alertness, enhanced concentration, better moods and memory, and fewer errors and accidents. In short, people become more effective, more productive employees. Of course, too much sunlight can be uncomfortable, so finding balance is key.Total Room Automation intelligently combines HVAC, lighting, and shade control into a single platform. Unlike the traditional approach, where offices are outfitted with three separate systems that may or may not be integrated, Total Room Automation enables:
Greater occupant comfort and improved employee productivityWith Total Room Automation, comfortable temperatures in each space can met and sustained, allaying discomfort from being too hot or too cold. In addition, the HVAC strategy leads to good air quality as humidity and CO2 concentration are kept at optimal levels. Automated lighting and shade controls also minimize glare while maximizing daylight harvesting. According to the World Green Building Council, a room automation solution can boost employee productivity by 11% with improvements to ventilation, and 23% with improvements to lighting.
Energy savings and carbon footprint reductionsResearch from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory reveals that an integrated HVAC, lighting, and shading control system significantly enhances daylight harvesting and reduces electricity consumption in response to room occupancy—generating energy savings of up to 60% when compared to typical, scheduled lighting strategies.Daylight harvesting not only reduces the electric lighting demands, but can also reduce HVAC demands by 20%. Shades can be moved to the most energy-efficient position to either block solar load when it is hot and sunny, or take advantage of the free heat source when it is cold and sunny.
Creating a sustainable workplaceWith Total Room Automation, organizations are not only reducing energy costs and their carbon footprint, they are also taking advantage of an innovative solution that may help contribute to LEED credits and certification. In fact, according to industry research, people who work in sustainable buildings report nearly 8% greater perceived productivity than people who work in conventional buildings.
If you’re ready to improve employee productivity, reduce energy consumption and costs, and create a more sustainable facility, you’re ready for Total Room Automation.
Contact our team today to learn more about how you can intelligently combine HVAC, lighting, and shade control onto a single platform.