USGBC and arbnco report reveals Opportunities in Green Building Initiatives

Building technology company arbnco and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) hosted a series of roundtable discussions with building and energy executives to promote transparency about evolving green initiatives.

The findings of these discussions, which are featured in arbnco’s 2020 Challenges of the Built Environment report, highlight the importance of energy programs that touch upon the human experience, rather than too large a focus on energy and cost savings.

The event included attendees from companies such as Schneider Electric, Mace, and MetLife Investment Management.

“There are many barriers to overcome to effectively manage energy use and human experience including a lack of data, incentivizing feedback, as well as determining the best way to quantify the human experience,” said arbnco Chief Product Officer Brian Van Buskirk. “There has also been a dramatic increase in the amount of options building managers now have, which makes it difficult to select the right technology for customer needs. There needs to be a roadmap to choosing the right technology. These discussions further highlighted these barriers, and shone a light on the need for more streamlined solutions, collaboration and continued innovation and conversation.”

According to arbnco, gathering human experience data has been lacking in the building optimization industry because programs often overlook occupant feedback and wellness when determining building performance.

With increased digitization services, arbnco suggests that it is now easier to collect this data. However, there is a common concern about ensuring occupants are motivated to care about their building health and experience and share their feedback.

The report also features that significance of real-time data usage rather than following regulation and compliance. Paul D’Alto, Managing Architect at MetLife Investment Management, stated, “PropTech is exploding, but how do you find the right technology that works for you? Finding the correct data has to be a personal experience, but there are currently challenges to get there.”

One method discussed to invigorate occupant participation, as well as customized solutions, is through involvement in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), arc scoring, and monitoring data.

Managers can move past regulations and make adjustments to fit their occupants and building needs with these methods. While regulation and compliance are essential, the ability to monitor trends in real-time allows a more personalized approach to building management.

The report additionally provides more insight from key executives on the opportunities and roadblocks to more sustainable smart buildings.

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