Improving health and wellbeing with Building Energy Management

The built environment has a huge role to play in building a healthier, more sustainable world. This is becoming even more apparent due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Harmonizing health, energy efficiency, and resilience will deliver stronger organizations and healthier communities as well as better buildings.
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the problem
Nature and Context

The stipulations about energy and water efficiency, waste and greenhouse gas reduction that underpin every building certification have been widely accepted as best practice across the globe.

Health and wellbeing must be integrated into a broader systems change approach towards buildings and cities, alongside net-zero carbon and energy efficiency targets, if we are to accelerate the transition to a healthy and sustainable future.

Symptoms and Causes

More than six-in-ten Americans (63%) say climate change is currently affecting their local community either a great deal or some, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted April 29-May 5, 2020 – similar to the share who said this in surveys from 2019 and 2018.

How Building Construction Affects the Environment

It’s not just the methods and materials used to construct a building that affects the environment. How it’s built to operate has a huge impact as well.

  • Using non-sustainable materials in the construction of the building has a temporary negative effect. 

  • The use of a non-efficient HVAC system will have a negative effect on the environment that’s long-term.

  • The use of non-efficient lighting, access control, and plumbing also has a dramatic negative effect.

the impact
Negative Effects

According to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC):

  • Buildings account for an average of 41% of the world’s energy use.

  • The industrial sector accounts for 30% 

  • Transportation accounts for 29%.

  • Buildings are responsible for 38% of all CO2 emissions.

  • Buildings use 13.6% of all potable water, which is roughly 15 trillion gallons of water per year.

  • Buildings are responsible for 73% of the country’s electricity consumption.

Success Metrics
  • LEED Gold certified building uses 25% less energy and 11% less water. This also reduces the utility bills for these buildings.

  • A LEED Gold certified building has 19% lower maintenance costs.

  • A LEED Gold certified building produces 34% less greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Green buildings not only help maintain more effective comfort levels but also help reduce sick building syndrome. Sick building syndrome is a condition that can result in lowered productivity and higher absenteeism.

  • LEED projects divert more than 80 million tons of waste from landfills.

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