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As I’ve worked on various construction projects with Trident Developers NY LLC, I’ve made it my goal to push for green energy in more buildings in order to make them energy-efficient and create LEED certified buildings. Going green is important in new, and existing, large office and residential buildings, because these are some of the biggest culprits when it comes to using energy and producing pollution. Many people do not understand exactly what smart technology in large buildings entails or how it’s even possible. Even more people feel that it’s only possible to institute these changes in buildings that are yet to be built, but you can also convert older buildings to higher energy efficiency.

What does green technology entails

The main goal of smart technology is to create buildings that have greater connectivity and integration, which leads to greater energy efficiency. For larger buildings, switching to more energy efficient methods of running the property entails light control, more effective temperature control, and energy efficient products used by employees. A solid step toward smart technology, particularly for older buildings, is greater automation within the building. With technology from the Internet of Things (IoT), it’s simpler to connect different features of a building, such as the lights, thermostat, and oftentimes security. Having direct control over these aspects helps prevent energy waste and often transitions to smart buildings.

How can it help older buildings?

The American Council for an Energy-Efficiency Economy (ACEEE) recently published a report to show how smart technology helps save energy in current buildings. Simply by installing smart controls for lights, a single step to a green building, companies could save around 45% on energy costs. Automating and moving to more energy efficient technology helps cut down on costs for lighting, temperature control, and other energy waste that occurs in the large building. While transitioning the building may initially be expensive, in the long run, it’s definitely worth it.

Those who are responsible for instituting green technology into older buildings often encounter difficulties figuring out how to work with the existing wiring of the building. Wiring is generally complicated and if you alter it too much or disconnect something, it can cause vital aspects of the building to not function, such as fire alarms. However, many buildings, like hotels, are regularly remodeled, which provides the perfect opportunity to institute new technology that makes integration possible. Thanks to the IoT, it’s also possible to buy external hardware that syncs with the current wiring systems and helps save energy.

What other benefits are there?

While a huge selling point for green technology in buildings is how much energy it saves, which helps the environment and lowers costs, there are other benefits as well. Smart buildings can increase employee morale because greater temperature and lighting control can make them more comfortable. Also, many employees feel more positively toward their company if they know efforts are being made to cut down on wasting energy.