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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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04/16/2014

The U.S. Army plans to start development of a solar array that will provide about 25% of the annual installation electricity requirement of Fort Huachuca, Arizona.

04/15/2014

The EPA's annual greenhouse gas emissions report is now available.

04/14/2014

Are you what some would call a “climate-change denier”? If so, you'll want to read this.

04/10/2014
Los Angeles has remained the top city for ENERGY STAR certified building since 2008, while Washington, D.C. continues to hold onto second place for the fifth consecutive year, according to a new list released by the EPA.
04/09/2014
Green construction has grown massively over a short period of time.
04/07/2014
Field demonstrations of newly proven energy-efficient technologies are yielding valuable results for the U.S. Navy, helping it meet energy goals.
04/03/2014
Building owners in Chicago now have more options when it comes to getting their building energy data verified.
04/01/2014
According to a new report from Eaton, such outages are up 15% in 2013 over 2012 and over half of those surveyed believe that downtime could have been prevented.
03/31/2014
The newly revised ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 105-2014, Standard Methods of Determining, Expressing, and Comparing Building Energy Performance and Greenhouse Gas Emissions, aims to provide a consistent method of measuring, expressing, and comparing the energy performance of buildings.
03/27/2014
Facility managers face an every expanding array of sustainability choices and challenges, but for the next generation of FMs, green practices could be second nature as sustainability literacy enters the K-12 school system.
03/25/2014
While the economic recession explains the decline in sales in 2008 and 2009, it is much less clear why sales have continued to fall.
03/24/2014
University of Washington (UW) scientists have built the thinnest known LED that can be used as a source of light energy in electronics.
03/21/2014
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed Senate Bill 2378 into law, effectively enacting the state’s first building code.
03/19/2014
In an attempt to improve building energy performance, the DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory has released a web-based tool called the Technology Performance Exchange, or TPEx.
03/18/2014
Could green building practices pose unanticipated life-safety hazards?
03/13/2014
Worried about workplace violence in your facility? Researchers have discovered that “mindfully observing” high-risk employees can avert danger and workplace violence.
03/11/2014
Through the DOE’s Building Energy Codes Program, every dollar the DOE has spent on building energy codes over the past two decades has resulted in $400 in energy cost savings.
03/07/2014
It is possible to harvest energy from Earth's thermal infrared emission into outer space, according to new research from the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
03/05/2014
Is your building prepared to handle an emergency?
03/04/2014
NASCAR revealed five newly installed charging stations for employee use.
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