Sylvania has launched a new interactive guide - ‘Introducing your new operational manager’ - to help office owners and facilities managers create a healthier, more productive modern built environment. With illness in the office estimated to cost European businesses £77 billion a year, the new eBook shows how lighting has the untapped potential to improve employee wellbeing, productivity and ultimately profitability.

“With over 100 years’ experience of lighting office spaces, we have a vast amount of knowledge within the company as this new e-book demonstrates,” comments David Neale, marketing manager for Sylvania UK. “Our full product solution includes innovative ranges from architectural lighting specialist Concord as well as Sylvania. This guide will help our customers understand lighting in a modern office space as well as ensure they have all the information they need to install high quality, energy efficient and aesthetically pleasing lighting designs.”

In the face of changing and increasingly stringent regulations as well as rising energy costs, business owners, operators and facilities managers are constantly looking for ways to improve business operations and the bottom line. From demystifying the latest regulations, to how to empower employee productivity, the guide shows how the built environment can take the role of the Chief Operating Officer, giving valuable insight into, and control over, the operations of every area of the modern office.

Richard Turner, specification luminaires business unit director for Sylvania, explains: “It is well documented that the EU’s building stock is ageing and inefficient, with about 35% of buildings now over 50 years old and only 25% of them considered to be energy efficient. Couple that with the increasingly stringent regulatory climate and rising cost of illness, and it’s clear to see there is great potential to lay the foundation for a healthier and more productive environment.

“By simply taking a more holistic approach to the modern office and seeing lighting as a contributor rather than a cost to the business, owners and operators can make better use of the space available, and the wellness and therefore productivity of the people within it. The new eBook looks at the practical ways owners and facilities managers can put the built environment to work, exploring the role it plays in employee wellbeing and how to apply smart lighting that works for your office and your balance sheet.

“Making the switch from halogen to LED lighting alone, can have a significant positive effect, however those who choose to make the switch to smart lighting will reap the greatest benefits. For example, using occupancy sensors to dim or switch off lighting when a room is unoccupied can reduce electricity use by 30%. But it’s not just occupancy usage, intelligent lighting solutions are also giving business owners and employees the power to actively manage and adapt their lighting depending on occupancy usage, machine functionality, room temperature and natural daylight levels. In that way, the office becomes the Chief Operating Officer, providing valuable insights and data that can be used to adapt and control all areas of operations and ultimately improve productivity and profitability.”

To learn more about how to transform the built environment, visit the ‘Introducing Your New Operational Manager’ eBook, here: