Launched by the International WELL Building Institute, the new performance rating has been designed to help businesses and organisations improve the quality of their buildings for employees.
This new rating can help businesses create a roadmap to enhance their smart buildings performance and create the optimum conditions for enhanced health, wellbeing and work productivity.
Key indoor environmental quality indicators include thermal comfort, acoustics and lighting.
What Are The Key Smart Building Performance Areas?
With Smart Building technology, you can ensure your office spaces are intuitively maintaining a consistent temperature level. If employees feel uncomfortable due to particularly warm or cold temperatures, they are less likely to be productive and this could have an impact on their wellbeing.
By connecting your air conditioning and heating systems with sensors, your building can self-regulate. This means you don’t have to constantly monitor the temperature or make adjustments throughout the day.
Offering the right thermal conditions in your workplace is an effective way to keep your employees physically comfortable.
Another environmental factor that can be controlled with smart technology, includes office acoustics. By installing Sound Masking, you can offer your employees an enhanced level of speech privacy alongside reduced noise distractions. As a non-intrusive, ambient sound, Sound Masking can be tailored to suit your office space.
Lighting is another key factor in ensuring comfort in the workplace. Lighting that is too bright or dull is known to have a direct impact on our natural biorhythms. A dim office can encourage the human body to produce melatonin, known as the sleep hormone. This prepares the body for sleep and can have a negative effect on productivity in the workplace. Lighting that is too bright towards the late afternoon and evening could disrupt your employee’s ability to fall asleep at a reasonable time.
Innovative lighting technology includes Human-centric Lighting. This is specially designed to reflect natural light conditions. The light will be brightest in the middle of the day and gradually dim with the onset of dusk.
These are three of the key indoor quality indicators that your business can improve with the help of the new WELL performance rating for smart buildings. If you’re interested in installing any of the smart building technology outlined in this article, Remark Group are expert installers who provide fully bespoke solutions for businesses large and small.
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