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04/30/2010

IBM Survey Reveals How Efficient U.S. Buildings Really Are

According to IBM's survey, U.S. office buildings have failed to keep pace with the revolution in automation that pervades modern life

 

In the past 12 months, New York City office workers have spent the equivalent of 22.5 years either waiting for an elevator or stuck in one, according to a new IBM survey.

 

This statistic, paired with the other findings from the survey, indicates that U.S. office buildings have failed to keep pace with the revolution in automation that pervades modern life. The survey indicates that inefficiencies built into office buildings are taking a toll in lost productivity and added costs.

 

Designed to gauge how intelligent certain automated and green office buildings are, the IBM survey of 6,486 office workers in 16 U.S. cities looks at a number of important factors, including security, office temperature, use of alternative energy sources, environmental and conservation issues, and elevator reliability.

 

Here are just a few of the survey’s findings:

  • Nationwide, only 33 percent rated their office buildings “somewhat high,” “very high” or “extremely high” in terms of environmental responsibility. And 65 percent would participate in the redesign of their workspace to make it more environmentally responsible.
  • 31 percent say their office buildings have low-flow toilets.
  • 79 percent of respondents say that they conserve resources such as water or electricity as part of their regular routine at work.
  • More than one-quarter of respondents (26 percent) say that low-emission and sustainable materials are used to promote improved IAQ in their office buildings.
  • 14 percent report that their office buildings make use of solar energy or another renewable energy source.
  • 75 percent say they would be more likely to conserve resources at work if they were rewarded for the effort.
 

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Xcel Energy’s Data Center Efficiency program can help data centers and large-scale IT operations improve reliability and energy efficiency.


Visit our website today to learn about the design flexibility of a Morton building and the endless possibilities of partnering with our designBUILD team.


Wood construction is both cost and energy efficient. Check out Morton Buildings and our designBUILD team online today to discover all the benefits of post-frame construction.

When choosing a metal-clad building for your next construction project, consider Morton Buildings, Inc., and their designBUILD team, we’ll make your dream a reality. 

We Can Help You Reduce Energy by 30%

Our mission is to help our customers manage their buildings' energy costs, improve reliability, and enhance performance while having a positive impact on the environment.
CLICK HERE to find out how.


 
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