Peter Swanson

31 March 2010 – Projectors, microphones and surround-sound hi-fi systems are not uncommon in the boardrooms and theatres of large office buildings yet, more often than not, audio-visual technology is overlooked as a key component of creating a green building.

Now, with advances in the control and intelligence of such technology, more office buildings are becoming much more energy efficient, underlying the importance of this critical office component in creating and sustaining a green building.

Peter Swanson, audio visual director at WSP Lincolne Scott, says that advances in audio-visual technology allow far more streamlined, energy efficient office buildings, with multiple electronic facilities now increasingly managed from a single interface.

“The same thing applies to office buildings, and with technology now becoming more integrated, meters measuring energy consumption can now communicate to a single point and onto displays that people can view, making them aware of how much they are using.”

“The same thing applies to office buildings, and with technology now becoming more integrated, meters measuring energy consumption can now communicate to a single point and onto displays that people can view, making them aware of how much they are using.”

Looking into the near future, the key to improving the sustainability of audio-visual and other energy consuming office equipment, says Swanson, lies in interpreting and intelligently acting on the increasing amounts of data being collected.

“What is known as Big Data, or otherwise a large collection of data from which you can extract trends, is allowing us to find out, for example, how much energy is consumed among how many people and in what areas of a building at particular times. Once this is known, we can then devise ways to encourage efficiency, create more intelligent buildings and also use the information as a guide for future applications on a much larger scale.”

“Much of the technology is not new, but thinking of the building at this holistic level is the key in the design and operation of more sustainable facilities.”