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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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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.

Bluebeam® Revu® simplifies digital facilities document management from design review to leveraging as-builts, maintenance manuals and O&Ms submittals.


 
09/29/2014

Academic achievement tied to responsible reporting habits

09/26/2014

Survey shows people more careful, less satisfied in public washrooms.

09/25/2014

A new study shows that switching natural gas for coal will not significantly reduce the amount of CO2 emissions being produced. 

09/24/2014

A new study shows the carbon emission reduction policies individual states have adopted are yielding results.

09/23/2014

A recent survey of industry professionals indicates that investment in energy efficiency projects will increase over the next year.

09/22/2014

Fort Carson in Colorado is well on its way to reaching the goal of net-zero energy by 2020. 

09/19/2014

New regulations from the DOE would improve commercial air conditioner efficiency by as much as 30%. 

09/18/2014

A new study suggests that the installed cost of photovoltaic solar power continues to drop in the U.S.

09/17/2014

A new technology developed at Rice University effectively deices glass surfaces while remaining transparent for radio frequency transmission.

09/16/2014

The USGBC and American Chemistry Council have put aside their differences to work together on new improvements to the LEED certification system. 

09/15/2014

Researchers have developed a new process to help cloud computing systems use less energy while continuing to provide high levels of data services.

09/12/2014

Researchers have found the main factors that influence the amount and type of building damage caused by various types of salts. 

09/11/2014

A new study has demonstrated that proactive ergonomic training can decrease worker discomfort and increase productivity. 

09/10/2014

The University of Utah has upgraded its historic Dumke Health Professions Education building to save an impressive 40% on energy costs.

09/09/2014

Hoping to build on LEED's success, PEER evaulates the performance and modernization of electric grids. 

09/08/2014

The USGBC has developed a new tool to help streamline the LEED certification process. 

09/05/2014

Researchers have developed a fluorescent lamp that emits Wi-Fi signals to allow connectivity throughout buildings.

09/04/2014

Tests show effective measures for reducing earthquake damage to computer servers. 

09/03/2014

Health costs drop by half as a result of environmental regulations.

09/02/2014

A new study challenges the idea that sparse workplaces produce happier, more productive employees.

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