EU has strong environmental ambitions and building stock must be at the center of any efforts to reduce power consumption and decarbonize EU economies.
The Building Performance Institute Europe (BPIE) estimates that 97% of the EU’s buildings will need to be upgraded to achieve the 2050 decarbonization goals. Approximately two-thirds of European building stock was built before 1980. Only about 1% are renovated each year.
BPIE recommends organizations start their journey by maximizing energy efficiencies where possible then looking to renewable energy, developing energy storage capacity, incorporating demand response, and decarbonizing heating and cooling.
Most businesses and residential consumers surveyed realize the need to address climate change. But while businesses are upping the ante in managing resources, some residential consumers are still held back by cost and complexity.
The most notable indication of growing interest in environmental sustainability was a 70% increase in businesses reporting they were allocating the highest degree of effort to their resource management programs (67% in 2018 vs 39% in 2016). Cost reduction is still the primary driver (cited by 50% of respondents), but "doing the right thing" percolated up 11 percentage points in the latest study.
Other significant drivers included tax incentives, employee pressure, the likelihood of future regulatory requirements, competitive advantage, social responsibility, and current regulatory requirements. Small and mid-cap organizations report less difficulty in reducing usage than large ones.
New research from HOK explores the challenges and opportunities facing the tech sector today."
A new report from HOK is chocked full of information about workplace trends in the tech sector. It's 81 pages includes information about space allocation and mix, workspace size, utilization, costs, amenities, expansion strategies, distributed work, future outlooks, plus 10 case studies.
Start-up Ambit is offering an interesting entrant to the HR technology field: an app that could help confront modern communication challenges.
Wouldn't it be great to know if your workplace change improved the quality of conversations? The technology from this Stanford-spawned could help you do just that. It can monitor and report on who speaks the most or least in meetings, how fast or slowly they speak, whether they are verbose or to the point, the role of rank or cultural background, and it can even infer from their tone of voice whether the speaker is fearful, confident, analytical and more.
While Ambit is currently positioned as a learning and coaching tool to help people communicate better, it may just have a role to play in measuring the impact of workplace change. Please use it responsibly!
Gartner research shows innovation isn’t about being connected, it’s about having the right connections
From Gartner's CHRO Quarterly magazine: "Network Innovation in the Digital Age"
Contrary to popular opinion, Gartner's research shows individual innovation strategies (i.e. hackathons, personal innovation-time) and even dedicated agile innovation teams move the needle on innovation effectiveness (IE) by only 6%. By contrast, network innovation increases IE by 24%. Organizations can foster this by helping people create and leverage the connections they need to socialize their ideas, generate buzz, penetrate silos, and gain executive support.