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Sustainability in
the work place

Back to the office

1. Empty office with no lights

This room is empty so the lights and heating are off. The employees of this building all wear ID cards that contain a microchip. The office building is fitted with scanning equipment that can tell where the ID cards/employees are in the building. The building is set up so that lights and heating will automatically turn on when rooms are in use and switch off when rooms are empty. This can save up to 30% of a building's energy costs as people don't have to remember to turn off lights or turn off heating or air-conditioning.