How Intelligent Building Technologies Make the Case for Corporate Sustainability

In an article for GreenBiz, Navigant Research looks at four data streams that unlock intelligent buildings and help companies meet sustainability goals

In the United States, the concept of corporate sustainability is complicated by uncertainty in federal policy, as well as the lack of a singular definition for sustainability. Despite the challenges, however, the increasing adoption of intelligent building technologies — namely data analytics — is making a strong case for investment in corporate sustainability.

In an article for GreenBiz, Casey Talon, principal research analyst at Navigant Research, said the commitment to updating commercial buildings with connectivity and intelligence can go hand in hand with sustainability, as the analytics from intelligent buildings generate insight for economic, environmental or climate change-related decisions.

“Leadership in sustainability can be a competitive advantage as organizations respond to shareholder, regulatory, and customer demands for tackling climate change,” Talon said. “Investment in intelligent building analytics, in particular, can lead to effective and efficient ways to track the data and metrics that determine how well these companies are doing relative to their corporate goals.”

Talon said four data streams uniquely support both economic and sustainability improvements:

  • Occupant data is providing insight into the people side of business — an area of increasing priority in corporate decision-making.
  • Facility data is valuable to operations teams looking to maximize system performance, reduce costs, and improve comfort.
  • Enterprise data is information that addresses core business priorities for the C-suite by tying operational data to financial reporting and metrics.
  • Distributed energy resources data, in relation to the intelligent buildings market and sustainability, is important for coordinating facility operations and onsite energy resource generation and storage capacity.

For more on this topic, read the full article and check out Talon’s Navigant Research report, Intelligent Building Technologies for Sustainability.

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