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It’s incredible how mankind is finally working today to improve the quality of our environment, even in major cities. I just found out that in Chicago, every existing building must pass LEED certification. This structural requirement means the building must strive to maintain the absolute lowest carbon emissions footprint possible. One of the ways in which they can accomplish this is through a building automation system, which allows the building to maximize the use of its resources such as water and sunlight. The building automation service can utilize solar energy in order to run the the electrical aspects of the building. The building automation system can also operate in such a manner as to turn lights off automatically once a room is well-lit enough by natural light. That means no light would be left on for too long–even accidentally–when it shouldn’t be on at all. Integrated building automation can also take advantage of natural rainfall through the use of a water recycling system. Also known as grey water harvesting, this LEED certified technology allows a building to use rainwater for non-potable water, including flushing toilets. This means less water is wasted and the organization’s water bill is even lowered. Integrated building automation can even be installed along with a smart temperature control installation; therefore, the offices are constantly comfortable for employees no matter what the weather may be like outside. Smart temperature controls also aim to ensure the most energy-efficient settings so the system is heating and cooling the building while being environmentally responsible. The right building automation system can genuinely help a business save money and do great things for the environment, too.

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