How Do You Influence Change Through People, Design, and Technology?

August 8, 2022

The building sector represents one of the largest opportunities for energy savings and decarbonization. As buildings generate nearly 40% of annual global CO2 emissions, we have an unprecedented opportunity to enable regenerative buildings and create sustainable working environments.

Industry experts and thought leaders Stefan Schwab, CEO of Comfy | Enlighted, Ryan Anderson from MillerKnoll, VP Global Research and Insights, and Dr. Cristina Banks, Director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Healthy Workplaces at UC Berkeley teamed-up for the latest episode of the Urban Café to discuss how human-centric design can be used to create both better workspaces and decarbonize our buildings. 

Here’s what they had to say about implementing successful workplace strategies to create lasting change:

  1. Creating sustainable spaces starts with understanding how a space can best support the activities and experiences of people in it.
  2. Having an adaptive re-use approach when it comes to reducing carbon emissions in buildings is better than removing a building completely.
  3. Data points and detailed insights in lighting, HVAC, and building operations help inform how to better optimize spaces and maximize energy cost savings.

By laying the foundation of smart buildings through technology, design and human-centric goals, we can continue to adapt to the changing needs of business and maintain resiliency! 

Tune into the full episode of The Urban Café here. 

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