Working in the office or working from home: which is more energy efficient?

Mike Barnes, Associate Director of Savills’ European Research Team, comments: “While there are many debates around returning to the office in terms of well-being, workplace culture and productivity, the impact Environmental will be increasingly important as many occupants begin to consider “scope 3” carbon emissions generated by employee travel.

Our analysis shows that there is a big difference between where it is most energy efficient to work between winter and summer: in winter, instead of heating thousands of homes individually during the day, unless You don’t have a long car journey, it’s more energy efficient to be in the office, but during the summer when home heating isn’t needed, it’s vastly more sustainable to work from home.”

Dan Jestico, director of Savills Earth, adds: “There are a lot of variables at play here, and the results will be highly dependent on the type and efficiency of the house, the efficiency of the vehicle as well as the distance travelled. Still, it’s fair to say that hybrid working has changed the way we think about the office.

“We are now drawn to the desire to collaborate and inhabit inspiring buildings. Offices with sustainable design features that promote health and well-being are more attractive to tenants. Additionally, the rising cost of heating homes using household energy will also be a factor in the coming winter months.”

Matthew Fitzgerald, Director, Savills Cross Border Tenant Advisory EMEA, said: “To comply with upcoming regulations, multinational companies will need to rapidly develop the systems and capabilities needed to accurately calculate their total global greenhouse gas emissions ( GES). emissions related to commuting, but very few companies currently take this into account when selecting a site, despite new data analysis technology making this task much easier.

In terms of impact on the office market, this could increase demand for buildings near major public transport hubs, in major cities, as occupiers seek to reduce their net carbon impact and encourage workers to get around using more sustainable means. »

Maria D. Ervin