As the UK Government pledges to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, the urge for sustainable buildings is stronger than ever.

According to the UK Green Building Council, an estimated 40% of the UK’s carbon footprint is attributed to the built environment, half of which comes from energy used in building. Heating alone created 10% of the country’s carbon footprint.

Smart technology has the ability to provide more efficient controls on energy consumption so it is no surprise to see it at the forefront of firm’s sustainability strategies.

Smart systems that control heating, lighting, air-con and ventilation can be adjusted according to a building’s usage and even weather changes, resulting in some of the smartest buildings in the world also being rated by BREEAM as the greenest.

Despite this technology being widely available and with obvious long term cost-saving benefit it is still not the norm, but with sustainability and zero-emission targets becoming increasingly important, we are likely to see greater use of these smart systems.

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